Celebrating Día de los Muertos
As we move past Halloween and towards Thanksgiving, there is one more holiday that deserves your attention: Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Day.
Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated on on November 1 and 2 that began decades ago in Mexico to celebrate and remember those friends and family members that have passed on has spread across the globe. Children that have departed are celebrated on November 1 while adults happen on the 2nd. People believe that the souls of those who have died come back for those days to return to join with the living for those two days.
To celebrate those spirits, toys, food, sugar skulls called calaveras are left for the children while adults leave food and items for the older spirits.
On top of that, people celebrate by playing music, having dances and parades. Candles are lit in graveyards to help guide the spirits and families will often decorate tombstones or build altars.