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Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Today is the first day of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a two day celebration that has been practiced for over 3000 years. Typically, the ritual of honoring the dead through a cleansing of the graves and offering of gifts takes place in Mexico. The skeleton and marigolds are symbols of the holiday and both are incorporated into the traditional food of Dia de los Muertos.

Sugar skulls are given to children and edible marigolds are often mixed into dishes. If honoring a deceased child, sweets made from pumpkin and non-spicy foods such as fruits and tamales are placed on the grave. If honoring a deceased adult, alcohol such as tequila, mezcal, or pulque, and spicy foods such as mole are placed on the grave.

The foods vary from region to region and family to family but the one constant is the sweet, egg rich bread. Pan de muerto, as it's referred to, is flavored with anise and orange peel and is given to both the dead and the living.

Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Please share your traditions with us below!

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
love thissssssssssssssssssssssssss
Allotrios Allotrios 8 years
Not creepy at all; the opposite, in fact. Halloween is creepy, but Dia de los Muertos (which I thought was a two-day celebration, not three) celebrates the continuation of life after death. As I understand it, most people who celebrate it are Catholic.
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I was discussing this with my roomies this morning. We are having a celebration tonight here at the university because there is a big Hispanic presence here. I am told it is something I should not miss. I actually like this concept better than Halloween. I feel like it's an honoring of a part of one's past and it is a good thing to remember those who have gone before you.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
breegirl- just saw your post. It's interesting about the butterfly pins because according to ancient belief (back in Aztec time) the goddess/god of the dead would bring the souls back to earth in the forms of butterflies. the monarch is typically the symbol used.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I generally by marigolds from florists and put them around the house. My mother buys some bread from the little bakery by her work and brings them home. We have pictures of dearly departed family and just celebrate their life. We used to make sugar skulls but we lost the recipe. IT'd be great to get a new one to make some for today and tomorrow.
Ivelisse Ivelisse 8 years
I live in Mexico, so, we celebrate dia de los muertos, but, here isn't a huge deal like in the south of the country, is a important celebration, the people go to cementaries, but isn't common to put altares in the houses, that is more used in school or universities, because they try to reforze in all the students and kids the celebration, but now halloween is getting really popular every year, since the big influence the US have on us (i live only 3hrs south of the border), so, yesterday we celebrated halloween and today and tomorrow will be dia de muertos, and we will eat pan de muertos with hot cocoa! :D
mdstblz mdstblz 8 years
I grew up celebrating Dia de los Difuntos in Ecuador. There is a drink called Chicha Morada and we make Pan de Guagua (the Quechua word for child) which is a bit different from Mexico's traditional pan de muerto. I have very fond memories of that and try to incorporate that in to my life now that I am in the USA. Days celebrating or honoring the dead actually occur all over the world, Mexico, due to its proximity I imagine, gets most of the credit in the US though.
Jen_fer Jen_fer 8 years
I love Pan de Muerto!!!!!
0danielle0 0danielle0 8 years
Love Dia de los Muertos art, especially in tattoos! :)
Monoka Monoka 8 years
I'm from Mexico, so yes we celebrate it. I can tell you its a Big thing in Universities, schools and all over my city. I celebrate my way, i have some clay figurines of skeletons in my bedroom, so i put some candles and i light them up for November 2nd (I'm very careful so no problems) and my mom always brings some day of the dead bread, its so good, kinda with an orange zest, and well since i live near a cemetery, i always watch family's buying the typical patchouli flower in gold and orange colors.
Adrianne Adrianne 8 years
No...but I should though. I wanted to this year for my grandpa.
breegirl breegirl 8 years
My husb and I create a DDM altar in our home every year. We decorate it with flowers (marigolds, typically), candles, traditional sugar skulls, pan dulce, and most importantly, photos of people who were significant in our lives, who are now dead. We also put a few things out with each photo that were the 'favorites' of the person being honored. His grandfather gets a little shot of tequila. My grandmother has a few of her butterfly pins. It's nice to reconnect with these dead loved ones each year. And it makes you think about what they loved and who they were. My best friend's dad is part of our ensemble and I have had to call her a few times and ask, Now what was his favorite food? And we get to remembering... and it keeps him alive in our thoughts. It's a tradition I hope our children keep going.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Sweet! And Vvvvveeeryyyy creepppyy!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love love love Day of the Dead dolls. :)
syako syako 8 years
We celebrate All Saint's Day in south Louisiana. You typically go visit the cemetery today to honor all of your loved ones who have passed.
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
That is so creepy! Aaaa
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