All Souls Day, El Dia de Los Muertos

Oct 27, 2020 | Articles & Information

November 2nd, known as “All Souls Day” or “El Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) is a day to celebrate the memory of loved ones who have passed away.  Many countries, including Mexico, set up a special altar both at their loved ones’ graveside and within their own home to honor their loved ones.  This makeshift altar is decorated with candles, food, and marigolds, as well as pictures of their loved ones.  It is a way to symbolically invite our loved ones to join us in honoring their memory and be with us.
A variety of traditions are associated with El Dia de Los Muertos such as the edible sugar skulls used for decoration of the altar, the sweet bread known as “pan de muerto” as well as the elaborate and colorful custom of face painting.
While grief is personal to each individual, mourning does not have to be done alone.  Establishing traditions to honor our loved ones lives with friends and family can be a comfort.
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