Well, another Halloween has come and gone. The witch is off the door, and the jack o’ lantern off the porch, safely stored away until next year. Today is November 2, and for many it is a day of celebration.
Day of the Dead, also known in Spanish as Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31st, and the child spirits who have passed away are reunited with their families. On November 2nd, the adult spirits come to visit. Beautiful altars are created in Mexican homes, adorned with photos, fresh flowers, candles, and delicious foods and beverages such as fruit, nuts, tortillas, bread, soda, hot cocoa, and water. There are also colorful parades in the cities and villages.
On the afternoon of November 2nd, the celebration continues at the cemetery where families listen to music, picnic, and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
Sugar skull art is made and sold by the thousands for this special day, and is usually displayed on the altars, intended for the visiting spirits. Some of you may note that Day of the Dead is on the same day as All Souls Day and All Saints Day, which also are devoted to celebrating the lives of deceased family and friends.
Day of the Dead has enjoyed recent popularity here in the U.S. Many stores carry sugar skull decorations, glassware, folk art, and party favors. I personally love the mysticism of the holiday and have a Pinterest board devoted to it.
For our family, November 2nd is also a day of celebration. It is the birthday of my step-daughter, Nicole, who today turns 18. Happy Birthday, Nicole!!! XOXO
Feliz dia de los Muertos!
Happy Day of the Dead!
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