Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day of the Dead

Traditional Altars

Traditional Treat: Calaveras de Azúcar

Traditional Flower: Cempasúchitl

Traditional Drink: Atole o Chocolate Mexicano

Traditional Bread: Pan de Muertos

Day of the Dead
(Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying is common. Check out this Day of the Dead blog!

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