DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 2, 2020) – In Issue 100 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps is a look at a peculiar celebration in Mexico on this “Remembrance of All Souls”

Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico (Stock Image)

Dia de Muertos – Day of the Dead.

Today there are Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.  It is meant to honor family and friends who have passed away. The living often visit cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods, photos and like of the departed.

The origins of these celebrations are a bit murky.  While the day is associated with All Saints’ Day, some scholars believe that it has pre-Hispanic roots.

Here is Colton’s map of Mexico from 1854.     

Map of Mexico – 1854 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

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