Perhaps you’ve heard of Day of the Dead, or Día de los muertos, as they say in Spanish. Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated by various Latin countries on 1st and 2nd of November.
Day of the Dead is the day people believe that the spirits of their deceased loved ones come back to the earth for a little while. It is a day to remember them, and what they love and miss about them.
Mexico has a very beautiful Day of the Dead celebration. The people there make altars for their loved ones who have died. They can be small, like a small table at home, or very large, in the street or cemetery. Photos, toys, items, and favorite foods of their deceased loved ones are placed on the altar so their spirit can come back and enjoy them for a little while.
If you look around, you will see tons of yellow carnations and marigolds. People buy these flowers to decorate altars. They believe that the spirits will smell the lovely scent and follow it to their altar.
Skeletons and skulls are everywhere, but they aren’t frightening. Actually, they are very pretty. People sell little skulls made out of pressed sugar that are decorated with colorful frosting. Some people paint their faces like skeletons, with beautiful patterns to elaborate. Others have little skeleton dolls that are dressed like mariachis or ladies with fancy dresses and hats.
They also place a special bread on the altar. This bread is called bread of the dead, or pan de muerto. It is round, with a cross on top that is meant to look like bones. It is covered in sugar. At the end of the celebrations, they eat the delicious bread.
They also make special paper decorations that are designs cut out of paper. They are stunningly elaborate, and usually feature skulls, dancing skeletons, or flowers.