The Day of the Dead is an amazing celebration in Mexico. At first, a lot of people just assume it’s like Halloween in the United States, but El Día de los Muertos is so much more than that. Mexican culture celebrates death and life from November 1st to the 2nd. From food to incredible decorations and festivities, it’s truly an unforgettable experience! Don’t be shy about participating. Just keep in mind that respect is important, as with any cultural tradition.
You’ll witness just how beautiful sugar skulls, or calaveras, are in both art forms and food. You can take sugar skulls literally because it’s a tradition to craft candies in the style of these skulls! Speaking of food, many families create traditional Mexican cuisine in honor of their loved ones. People fashion wooden masks and dance in honor of the deceased. It’s amazing to witness this incredible time, when death is celebrated, not feared.
People will also decorate the gravestones of loved ones who have passed. Many of the public celebrations will have candles and flowers on beautiful altars, and there are contests to see who can create the most fantastic display. There’s singing, dancing and traditional parade-like processions called comparsas.
When visiting Mexico during El Día de los Muertos, soak in the traditional cuisine, dance in the streets and celebrate both life and death during this incredible time.
Have any of you been in Mexico to celebrate this important holiday? I’d love to hear about your experiences!
-Funjet Insider Laura