How to Celebrate Day of the Dead (It's Not Mexican Halloween)

Last Updated: November 1, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

Day of the Dead Display(right front table detail)For some Mexicans, death is a celebration.

For years Mexicans have celebrated El Dia de los Muertos or Day of Dead. A ritual that started with indigenous people more than 3,000 years ago as a way for them to mock death and celebrate birth. The reason behind their celebration, was that they viewed death as a continuation of life. They took the pain associated with death and ridiculed it in a positive way to deal with it. Today the Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico, Latin American and some parts of the United States on November 1 and 2.

How exactly is Day of the Dead celebrated?

There are different ways of joining in on the festivities. People who celebrate this holiday have similar yet different rituals. Some people spend the day at the cemetery decorating their relatives graves. Others build altars in their homes and workplace, decorated with flowers, foods and pictures to honor those who have passed. People also have the option of going to one of the many parades, which usually attract large crowds. One thing that is common in this two day celebration is the food. And you can’t celebrate El Dia de los Muertos without traditional Mexican food.

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