Many will be celebrating Halloween tonight, but there’s another holiday just around the corner: Dia de Los Muertos.
Dia de Los Muertos is a two day celebration beginning on November 1st. On this day, Dia de los Inocentes, all children who passed away are remembered by their loved ones. November 2nd, Dia de Los Muertos, honors all adults. However, the remeberance of those who have passed are not done so in mourning. Instead, they are remembered in celebration!
It is common for families to decorate their deceased loves ones’ tombstones, called ofrendas. These are small, personal altars honoring a loved one. These ofrendas may be decorated with flowers, candles, food, drinks, photographs, and special mementos. It is said that lighting candles is a way for loved ones to find their way back home.
Dia de Los Muertos originated in Mexico almost 3,00 years ago yet, many other countries around the world celebrate their past loved ones in a similar way.
The celebrations are all about having fun and reminiscing the good times. Just check out how lively and festive the altar below is decorated!
To find out more about this special holiday and join in on the celebration of life and death, check out some great events going on in Austin:
Share with us your favorite Dia de Los Muertos traditions, we’d love to hear about them!