October 31st marks the start of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday for remembering friends and family that have passed away. The celebration takes place on October 31st through November 2nd, following the Christian triduum of All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Saints' Day. The celebration includes building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting the graves with these gifts. They also bring the possessions of the deceased. Similar observances occur in European, Asian and African cultures.
The celebration in Mexico can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. The rituals celebrated the deaths of ancestors by these civilizations and skulls were often seen as signs of death and rebirth. The service is mostly for the prayer and remembrance of the departed family members. Instead of a time for mourning, this is a celebration of praise for the lives they lived.
Bergen Funeral Services knows and understands how different cultures observe the death of loved ones. Bergen Funeral Services is a full-service, non-denominational funeral home in Queens. We assure the family of the deceased that the service is carried out with the utmost respect and care.
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