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1175 The Day of the Dead

Olga talks with Daniel about the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead.

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We put up an altar for them, which is like a big table decorated with flowers, bread, and coffee.

An 'altar' is a small table where items are placed for religious reasons. Notice the following:

  1. There is a picture of the father at the altar.
  2. They put food on the altar as a gift once a year.

come back from the dead


On that day, we think that person is going to come back from the dead.

When a person or thing 'comes back from the dead,' that means it becomes alive again. Notice the following:

  1. Zombies are creatures that come back from the dead.
  2. Horror films often have characters that come back from the dead

keep the tradition


Well, sometimes we do it at school to keep the tradition.

When people 'keep a tradition,' that means they continue to practice it year after year. Notice the following:

  1. Our family keeps the tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.
  2. In keeping with tradition, our company has one day a year when everyone wears Hawaiian shirts.



Traditionally, we make plays where we represent Jesus and the moment that he died.

When you 'represent' someone or something, you express its meaning using symbols, images or actions. Notice the following:

  1. The colors on the flag represent love and loyalty.
  2. A dove is usually used to represent peace.



But, you know, we don't reflect about it anymore.

When you 'reflect' on something, you think deeply about past actions regarding it. Notice the following:

  1. In prison, he reflected on his crimes and how he wasted his life.
  2. It is important for students to reflect on the mistakes they make and learn from them.