Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! The day of the dead is a celebration to honor deceased loved ones with bright colors and festive traditions, quite the contrast from dark colors and mourning. This blog post is a very brief look at this holiday with more resources at the bottom of this post.
Dia De Los Muertos
Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is observed on November 1 and 2. November 1 is the day spirits of children who have passed away are reunited with their families and on November 2 it’s the adult’s turn. This is a special time relative’s of the dead build altars and put out food, drinks and personal items of their deceased loved ones.
Some of the foods traditionally made for Dia De Los Muertos include sugar skulls, which are becoming more common in the US with each passing year, pan de muerto, hot cocoa, horchata, mole, tamales and sweets. The candy is for the children or adults who enjoyed candy while they were alive.
Incense is usually burned on the altars because it is believed the fragrance guides the spirits home. It’s also said to ward off evil.
Yellow and orange marigolds are flowers often used. Yellow symbolizes death and orange represents the sun. Yellow marigold petals are placed on the ground to make a trail to the altar, helping the spirits find their way. You can read more about colors and their significance here.
Honoring the dead through celebration instead of darkness and mourning is the heart of Dia De Los Muertos. Bright colors, flowers and festive parties celebrate their life by remembering them with their favorite foods, personal items and altars to guide them home for their Day of the Dead. I’ve enjoyed learning more about this over time and I am happy to pass on a little information to you! If you’d like to know more, here is more information on the background of Dia De Los Muertos: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/dia-de-los-muertos/. Significance of the colors and more history about the Day of the Dead can be found here too: http://sddayofthedead.org/colors.htm