When is it celebrated?
It is celebrated November 1-2nd.
Who celebrates it?
It is celebrated in Mexico, and places with a high Mexican population.
Where does it originate from?
It is believed that Día de Los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, originated in Mexico with ancient Aztecs rituals about death. These traditions merged with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day.
During Día de Los Muertos, ancestors are given a day to come back and spend time with their living family members. It is a time of celebration to honor and remember loved ones. This is done by:
- Food: pan de Muertos, calaveras (sugar skulls), tamales
- Decorations: calaveras, skulls, marigolds, papel picado
- Setting up ofrendas, or alters, to honored deceased loved ones
- Visiting cemeteries, attending parades and festivals
- Dressing up and painting
La Calaca by José Hernández