Dia De Los Muertos

Feliz Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead)! This Mexican holiday celebrates the memories and lives of loves ones who have passed. In the graveyards, families gather to pray and decorate the tombstones with ofrendas, or offerings, of marigolds, the deceased person's favorite food, and toys for children. At home alters are also assembled with pictures, candles, religious artifacts, candied pumpkin, and colorful sugar skulls. Traditionally, November 1st is reserved for the infants and children, and November 2nd celebrates the adults.

Born and raised in America, it's difficult to understand this particular celebration of death. We are mainly taught to remember the dead from a quiet distance, while the Mexican culture teaches to embrace and rejoice. And, although it shares the same time period with Halloween, it has none of the scary or macabre overtones. It's a unique celebration, with solemn and dignified under pinnings. To learn more, visit DayoftheDead.com, or check out our recommended titles on the Bewitching Books page.