Halloween may be over, but a ghoulish celebration continues in Mexico. Every year on Nov. 1 and 2, the country celebrates Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday that honors family and loved ones who have passed. Instead of focusing on the past, those who celebrate Day of the Dead lavishly decorate and hang by their departed's grave site while enjoying the deceased's favorite foods and drinks. If you want to incorporate a little Día de los Muertos flair into your supper tonight or simply jump on any good excuse to enjoy some Mexican flavors, then take a tip from these 10 recipes.
Just like that, Halloween may have come and gone, but for many families, the celebration still continues. Throughout Latin America and in many places here in the US, Day of the Dead takes place Nov. 1 and 2, and is a beautiful tradition that remembers loved ones who have passed on.
Instead of being a sad day, Día de Muertos is full of life and happiness, bright colors, and plenty of family time to share stories and memories. Skulls and skeletons are the traditional symbols, but they're often depicted hugging or dancing.
So while "dead" isn't something we typically want our kids to hear, consider this an exception, and use it as a chance to talk to them about family members they may not have even met.
Ahead, find four ways to celebrate the holiday your own way.
Download a free mask printable of the symbolic Day of the Dead skull.
Bake and decorate celebratory Day of the Dead cookies.
Get your pets into the spirit of Day of the Dead, or honor the memory of an old furry friend. More than just Mexico's answer to Halloween, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is essentially partying with the dead. A national holiday in Mexico, and observed in other regions in Latin America and Europe, the two-day holiday on Nov. 1 and 2 honors the departed in a celebratory manner, remembering loved ones through funny anecdotes and happy memories. Family members come together to remember the deceased by building altars and "welcoming" the spirits of loved ones home. So why should your pet be excluded from the family fun? Here are 15 great finds from Etsy that will help your kitty or pooch get festive or help you honor a dearly departed pet.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is such a visually rich holiday. Every year, I'm inspired by the way people interpret and celebrate the occasion. Here is some of the imagery that I'm loving around the web.
Are you inspired by Dia de los Muertos as well? Share your favorite part of Dia de los Muertos, whether it's the decor, the altars, the remembrances, or something else altogether, by leaving a comment in this slideshow or on this Facebook post!
Becoming a ghoulishly pretty calaverita (like this on, by Yolanda Bartram) isn't as difficult as it seems if you've got the right tools. An inexpensive Face Paint Kit ($6) is, of course, a necessity. If you're a good free-hand drawer, you can create the look with a little time and planning, but even if you're not graphically inclined, a stencil set ($5) will make it easy to create cool designs worthy of the wildest dancing skeleton. For a beautiful look like this one, tie the design together with cute alligator clips ($3) and accentuate your sockets with dramatic slanted false lashes like these Shu Uemura False Eyelashes in Slant Black ($15).
Photo courtesy Yolanda Bartram
Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos) is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated each year on Nov. 2, when family and friends gather together in remembrance of those who have passed. Along with symbols like skulls, marigolds, and crosses, bright colors commemorate everything from grief and loss to joy and hope. So put a little joy into your own celebrations with these Day of the Dead beauty finds.
Skeleton statues are sold in Mexico City for Day of the Dead, a holiday where friends and family members of the deceased build elaborate shrines with doll-like skeletons, decorate graves with yellow marigolds, and leave out the departed's favorite foods.
During the holiday, people pray for, honor, and remember friends and family members that have died. It is primarily celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans in the US and Canada. Here in the Bay Area, families build beautiful altars, and celebrations take place at local museums and cultural centers. And of course, panaderias are filled with delicious treats, sugar skulls, candied pumpkin, and other baked goods that celebrate the holiday.
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I don't know about where you live, but Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is big here in California. It has evolved from an ancient Aztec ritual for honoring the dead. Celebrated in different ways throughout Latin America with marigolds, skulls, and skeletons being prevalent symbols of the day.
I decided to join in the celebration by making a play list for the day! It starts you off slow to warm-up and has a cool down song for stretching at the end of your workout!
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