The Day of the Dead and the monarch butterflies

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A video covering both events, partly narrated by Will Smith.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. This holiday originated in Mexico yet is celebrated all over Latin America with the display of colour, flowers, skulls and skeletons. It is celebrated once a year over two days, November 1 and 2. The first day celebrates infants and children who have died. It is believed that they have a special place in heaven and are called ‘Angelitos’ (little angels). The second day is in honour of adults who have passed away. This time of the year also coincides with the huge migration of monarch butterflies.

These butterflies show that the earth has no borders. Everything is interconnected. Turns out what happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas. It’s linked to the rest of the planet.

Spanish language narration has subtitles.

The monarchs that spend the winter in the mountains of central Mexico are the final generation of a cycle that begins anew each year. Most of the butterflies in this final generation begin their lives in the northern US or southern Canada, and then migrate thousands of kilometres to mountaintops that neither they nor their parents (and likely their grandparents) have ever seen before. After spending several months in Mexico they return north beginning in March, starting the cycle again as they lay eggs in northern Mexico and the southern US. Their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents have very different lives. These summer monarchs live only about a month as adults and begin laying eggs when they are only a few days old.

Thanks to Veet Ateet

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