Why does Mexico celebrate Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)?
What is El Dia de Muertos?
Despite the white faces and the skulls, it’s not meant to be spooky and it’s not Halloween. Also known as Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), the celebration originated in central and southern Mexico and is a very festive and meaningful celebration in the Mexican culture.
Those who celebrate it believe that at midnight on October 31, the souls of all deceased children come down from heaven and reunite with their families on November 1, and the souls of deceased adults come visit on November 2. Families make colorful altars in their homes in honor of their deceased loved ones, and the altars are decorated with flowers, candles, their loved one’s favorite food and pan de muerto (a sweet bread specifically made for this occasion).The festivities continue in the cemetery, where families bring picnics, play music and sometimes even spend the night as a way to celebrate the lives of those who are no longer on this earth.
El Dia de Muertos