1st November 2023 by

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or ‘The Day of the Dead’ in English, is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their loved ones for a celebration with food and drink.

The holiday is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November with the 1st often being dedicated to children who have passed away and the 2nd for adults. This is because the holiday originates from the Spanish holiday All Saints Day and All Souls Day which are respectively celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November.

The ofrenda is a key tradition during Día de los Muertos. It is an altar where family members can leave offerings such as fruit, bread and sugar skulls for the souls of their loved ones. Another key symbol are marigolds which decorate the ofrenda and are scattered to guide wandering souls from the altars back to their place of rest.

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