Celebrating Life During Day of the Dead
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not your average family reunion. During this holiday, held on the first two days of November, it is believed that the souls of the departed return for a lively visit. Their family and friends show love and respect for them by welcoming them back with parties, food, drink, and colorful decorations. Day of the Dead originated in Mexico and Central America, and today the holiday is celebrated in Latino households worldwide. Even if you haven’t celebrated Day of the Dead yourself, most likely you’ve seen the ofrendas (altars), clothed skeletons, sugar skulls, and vibrant flowers associated with the festivities.
The heart of Día de los Muertos is celebrating family, both present and past. So gather up your crew to share—and make—some fond and special memories.
A Festive Feast
Whatever favorite Mexican dishes you choose for your celebration, making a big batch of the accompaniments below will surely be a hit. For a warming drink, consider hot chocolate spiced up with a few shakes of cinnamon.
The ruffly orange and yellow blooms of the marigold are a Día de los Muertos staple. Put a few potted marigolds on your table for a pretty centerpiece for your fiesta. You could even scoop out the insides of some small pumpkins and place the pots right inside. Bonus: You’ll have pumpkin seeds to roast later!
Can your family guess why marigolds are called the “flowers of the dead”? Rumor has it that they attract souls back to the world of the living with their bright color and distinctive smell.
A Banner Day
Papel picado, meaning “pecked” paper, is must-have decor for your Day of the Dead party. Have fun together making one of these colorful tissue-paper banners using our free template.
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