November 1, 2018

Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated particularly in the Central and South regions of Mexico. This multi-day holiday focuses on the gathering of friends and family to remember those who have died. Día de Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores.

In addition to celebrations, the dead are honored on Día de Muertos with ofrendas—small, personal altars honoring one person. Ofrendas often have marigold flowers, candles, food, drinks, photos, and personal mementos of the person being remembered. Generally, the celebrations vary from town to town.

Día de Muertos is also observed outside of Mexico, throughout the Americas, and even in the Phillipines!

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