Episode 15: Death Related Holidays with Tyler Cunningham

by Tanya D. Marsh | Death, et seq.

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            Death is celebrated all over the world on annual basis. More than 175 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, with total spending in 2018 reaching $9 billion, with the average consumer planning to spend $86.79 on decorations, candy, costumes and more. While celebrated on a mass scale, most Americans likely do not know the history behind Halloween and how it has turned into a billion-dollar industry.

            Another major death related holiday that is often associated with Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, is actually its own unique holiday, where families spend even more than the average American consumer, as anywhere from two weeks to two months wages are spent on average honoring the dead.

            Today’s podcast will discuss the history and current trends of Halloween and Dias de los Muertos, as well as take a deeper look into some other interesting death related holidays from around the world that our listeners may be less familiar with.


Resources referenced in today’s podcast, or more information:

Halloween Statistics

The Death Positive Roots of Halloween—Order of the Good Death blog

Dia de los Muertos in the U.S. 

History of Halloween

Ask a Mortician-Halloween 

Background Info on Dia de los Muertos

Elements of an Ofrenda  


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