Dia de los muertos (Day of the dead)

Halloween is something most of us look forward to in the fall. From the costumes, to trick or treating until midnight, or binge watching your favorite horror films until 3am. It’s a holiday celebrated around the world and in many different ways too. El dia de los muertos happens to be one of those celebrations, and it also happens to be one of the biggest celebrations in honoring the dead.

Celebrated from November 1st to November 2nd, El dia de los muertos has become one of the oldest Mexican traditions celebrated. Originally dating back to the Aztec Empire traditions, it’s a two day lively celebration that honors the dead with large festivals, lively celebrations, parties, food and drinks. The days are meant to honor loved ones who’ve passed. These days are known as All Souls Day and All Saints Day.

It is belived that at midnight on Halloween the gates of heaven open and awaken the deceased children (angelitos) and allow them to spend the entire day with their families during this time. Then on November 2nd the spirits of the adults wake up from their eternal sleep and come down to enjoy the festivities prepared for them. You’d often see skulls, skeletons, marigolds, traditional food and drinks on the people’s graves or on their alters to honor the dead. These offerings are believed to please the dead and in return bring their families luck.