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.
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