What is El Dia de Los Muertos?
What is the difference between El Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween?
Although both involve skulls, costumes and treats, El Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead isn’t seen to be frightening unlike Halloween. The two day holiday falls on November 1st & 2nd where families across Central & southern Mexico gather to honour their deceased loved ones. They believe that at midnight on October 31st, the heavens doors open and on November 1st, the spirits of the children reunite with their families for 24 hours. The spirits of the adults are then joined on November 2nd to enjoy the events that have been prepared for them.
How do people celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos?
Families celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos with homemade altars that they decorate with plenty of candles, pictures, flowers and sugar skulls, and not forgetting a big loaf of the traditional Pan de Muertos bread. A sufficient amount of hot cocoa and water are also provided for the tired spirits of the children and shots of mescal (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico) to welcome the adults on November 2nd. Families believe that these gifts will provide their deceased loved ones with luck, wisdom and protection.
Is it only celebrated in Mexico?
Although this festival originated in Mexico, other countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos. It has also become popular in America and is emerging in the UK too, which is why we created our limited edition Dia de Los Muertos hand piped hollow skulls and flat skull bars. We have replicated the look and colour of the decorations for this festival and feel it is a perfect way to bring some colour to your autumn!