Day of the Dead

Aracely Torres, Staff Writer

Día de Los Muertosalso known as day of the dead, it’s a celebration that lasts three days. Starting on October 31st and ending on November 2nd, each of those days is a different celebration. On the 31st is Halloween, it is also known as (All Hallows Eve) is a day that brings families together to celebrate their departed loved ones with feasts, altars, decorations and visits to the cemetery. November 1st is el Dia de Los inocentes, the day of the children is believed that the souls of children return to the world of the living. November 2nd is all souls day, it’s a catholic tradition in which church commemorate the dead by praying for their souls. Rituals include visiting family graves and remembering deceased relatives.

These are the 3 days that people in Mexico celebrate, on these days people eat traditional foods like Atole, a traditional hot corn-and masa-based beverage of Mesoamerican origin as well as Chocolate Atol is champurrado or Atole. They also eat Pan de Muerto (Day of The Dead bread). One thing that they are most famous for are Calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls). They are used during the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, sugar skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas (offerings). Ofrendas are things that people give their loved ones they are an essential part of the day of the dead celebrations they are placed on Altares (altars) to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. 

Flowers also play a very bipart in the day of the dead celebration the flowers they use are marigolds, Marigolds are believed to guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant colors and pungent scent.  Flowers also represent the fragility of life. This is a tradition that is very important to everyone in Mexico because it’s the one time that they must remember there loved ones and it brings families together.