Day of the Dead is a multi-day celebration that is celebrated throughout Mexico as well as in many other places across the globe. Whether you have Mexican ancestry or not, this holiday marks the time when friends and family can come together and remember loved ones who have passed away.
The origin of this special day comes from the Aztec, Toltec and Nahua people, who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. Several thousand years ago, these people believed that death is a natural phase of life and they wanted a way to keep the spirit and memory of loved ones alive. Nine years ago, Day of the Dead was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Some people wrongly believe that Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican version of Halloween. While Halloween is renowned for scary mischief, Day of the Dead is a celebration of life, colors and joy, as the goal is to show respect and appreciation for loved ones who have died. While death is the root theme of both days, they differ vastly in traditions and tone.
Like many other Mexican celebrations, food is a big part of Day of the Dead. The families in Mexico believed that their deceased loved ones would work up a large appetite as they pass between the real world and the afterlife, so they would place offerings such as bread, sweet bread and their favorite meal’s at the deceased’s altar.
Across the US, many Mexican restaurants and communities celebrate Day of the Dead. Besides enjoying great food and beverages with family members, they decorate venues with skulls and other colorful elements to celebrate and share time with the living and loved ones who have passed.
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