No, it’s not the ‘Mexican Halloween.’ The Day of the Dead is celebrated between October 31 and November 2 and is a festive holiday with religious undertones. On this day, Mexicans remember and honor their dearly departed, often visiting cemeteries to decorate the graves and place food offerings. In some areas, family members may spend the whole night in the cemetery celebrating the holiday.
I don’t claim to know a whole lot about El Dia de los Muertos but I understand the desire to honor and celebrate the dead and visiting cemeteries is second nature to me. And it always looks like people enjoy themselves on this day…I’m sure our loved ones would rather see us smile when we remember them. So celebrate the dead and honor their memory with joy and not sadness.
Here are a few pictures of the festivities associated with Day of the Dead.
- Celebrating Day of the Dead in Denton, Texas (blogher.com)
- Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (angelinem.wordpress.com)