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Hello my friends!

Hope you are all ready to know a bit more about the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) the Day of The Dead it’s a holy tradition that starts November 1 st and ends on the 2 nd t of every year. It’s one of our biggest and most beautiful Mexican Traditions we have in Mexico and all Latin America, this tradition is all about the Celebration of Life not the death of our loved ones.

This beautiful tradition started with the Aztecs (eventually merging it with All Souls Day due the Spanish colonization), and in 2008, our tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.

The multi-day celebration involves family and friends getting together to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about our loved ones.

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During Día de Muertos or the day of the Dead, the tradition is to make in your home or schools, offices, restaurants, bars, public spaces and cemeteries, altars ("ofrendas") containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of our family and friends that have pasted away. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the words of the living directed to them. This time of year, our cemeteries are full of Altars that they will over flow with beautiful flowers, photos, food, Tequila, Mezcal, Atole, Pulque, candy also they will bring our typical bread of Día de Muertos, toys, music and even Mariachis, you should try to adventure yourself and pop by a cemetery, it will be a wonderful experience that you will never forget!

Now it’s typical to see all over this time of year this beautiful flower called Cempasuchil or Marigold the reason for this flower is because it has a musky smell, the Aztecs believed, then your ancestors need the scent to find their way back to you, there will be other flowers but the Cempasuchil flower dominates the scenery.

Also, this time of year you will see all over this Calaveritas (the skulls are made of sugar or chocolate, they come in all sizes and as complex as they can get, one thing for sure they are delish!!!.... it’s a must to try, besides the sugar rush you might get, you will not regret it!!..... also a must try is our Pan or bread of the dead, is a typical sweet bread (pan dulce), decorated with bones and skulls made from dough. The bones will be arranged in a circle, just like the circle of life, tiny dough teardrops symbolize sorrow.

Another thing you will find all over is “El Papel Picado” (Pierced Paper), I am sure you seen it before, the Papel Picado isn’t used exclusively during Day of the Dead, but it plays an important role in the holiday. Draped around altars and in the streets, the art represents the wind and the fragility of life. Costumes are a big thing during these 2 days, dressing up as skeletons is part of the fun. People of all ages have their faces beautifully painted to resemble skulls, and, mimicking the calavera Catrina, they don suits and fancy dresses, it’s really pretty to see all this!.

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Countless communities in Mexico celebrate Day of the Dead, but the styles and customs differ by region, depending on the region’s predominant pre-Hispanic culture.

So, if by any chance you are in Mexico this time of year, please explore our vibrant traditions, delish dishes, and everything that brings this day to Life!

Thank you so much for reading, until next time!

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Denise Gonzalez Boisson

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