Or, Happy Día de Los Muertos!
It sounds sort of morbid to be saying that, but actually, Día de Los Muertos is quite a colorful celebration.
If you’re unfamiliar, Día de Los Muertos literally means the Day of the Dead. It comes from the Catholic tradition of All Souls Day and is celebrated on November 1st. It’s closely followed by All Saints Day (meant for children only who have passed on) which is celebrated on November 2nd. In Mexican tradition, the dead are honored and remembered for one day/night. Flowers (specifically orange marigolds), sugar skulls (literally), skeleton puppets and crafts, food, drinks, and altars featuring passed on loved ones are all a big part of the celebration. Actually, a lot of people even go to the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and leave that person’s favorite food, drinks, and other items at their tombstone along with marigolds and letters, pictures, lit candles, and other items held in remembrance. It may seem like a strange thing to do (or maybe not, if like me, you’re from California or another state that has a large Mexican population), but in Mexico, it’s common for whole families to be buried in the same cemetery and therefore makes sense for everyone to go to that one and remember them.
Anyway, so I’m not Mexican, but I grew up learning about this holiday in Spanish class and having many friends that do celebrate it so, of course, I’ve ended up being part of the festivities growing up.
If you’ve never experienced a Día de Los Muertos celebration, I highly recommend searching out local events online and attending one. You might think that because it’s a celebration of passed on loved ones that it’s a somber, dark occasion, but it’s actually really a joyful, colorful and lively way to remember the deceased, at least in my opinion.
So, with that, here’s some cool Día de Los Muertos images and things!
Have you ever heard of or do you celebrate Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)?