Today is the annual Day of the Dead holiday celebrated by people of Mexican heritage. It is a bunch of days where families remember those who have passed away. So Google posted a Google Doodle with candles, skulls and Googley colors to commemorate the day.
Google wrote on their Doodle page:
Day of the Dead (or El Día de los Muertos) is an ancient holiday dating back thousands of years to the Aztec Empire. In its essence, it’s a joyous occasion that’s about dispelling fear and embracing the cycle of life.
Families prepare for the celebration far in advance, cleaning the house and decorating it with fragrant marigold flowers and intricate tissue-paper cutouts. Playful calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), are usually seen in festive attire, enjoying (after)life to the fullest.
Colorful ofrendas or altars are set up in many homes, surrounded by favorite food and drink, as well as photographs and cherished mementos, plus sweet Pan de Muertos and sugar skulls. Burning candles and incense is also customary to set the mood, evoke the spirit world, and serve as a reminder that death is just another part of life and that human connections will always endure.
Today’s Doodle features its own ofrenda, handcrafted by Doodler Nate Swinehart out of clay.
The day is celebrated between October 31, 2018 and November 2, 2018 this year, so it overlapped with Halloween. I suspect the Doodle will only be live today, the last day of the holiday.
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