Similar to an American Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is a
festive celebration -- which survives from the early days
of pre-Christian Mexico -- in which everyone is encouraged to celebrate...
of the Dead not only honors the dearly
departed, but makes light of death with spirited resurrections
of ancient customs each year from November 1 - 2.
tradition that lives on is a recipe
for sugar skulls, which are brightly decorated and served
up by Day of the Dead devotees and party hosts with ghoulish
Elsewhere throughout Mexico, local bakeries also feature special breads and cakes in playful shapes of skulls to serve as holiday treats.
Pan de Muerto or "Bread of the Dead", is sold in Mexican bakeries to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
The celebratory atmosphere is in stark contrast to the serious custom of honoring relatives and loved ones who have passed on, with traditions that include building home altars to honor the dead. Offerings of the customary Pan de Muerto, a sweet cake, as well as sprays of bright orange cempasúchil (a type of marigold) adorn altars as well as tombs.
out more traditions old and new online - as Dia de los Muertos
comes alive and kicking in outstanding
photo galleries, folk art exhibits, e-cards, video clips,
history, craft ideas, recipes and trivia...
for the Ancestors - The late, great, but still-archived
PBS special with a good history of the observance including
a folk art gallery, information and photos on the current
festival, video clips, and recipes for pozole, (pigs
head and corn grits) salsa borracha (drunken sauce)
and salsa de gusanos de maguey (worm sauce).
Day of the Dead - Dia
de los Muertos - Day of the Dead central, including
an extensive cache of articles and photo essays on the altar
to the dead, candlelight vigils, gravesite ceremonies, folk
art, activities and traditions.
Day of the Dead Holiday - A good overview heading
into feature stories chronicling the history and traditions
of Dia de los Muertos, where to find the best locations for
authentic ceremonies, a special report from Oaxaca, and related