This Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd, we celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead! Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Latin America and Mexico by honoring the dead with festivals and lively celebrations!


Fun Facts!

1. Day of the Dead originated 3,000 years ago with the Aztecs who had annual ceremonies to honor the deceased and welcome the temporary return of their spirits. Today, people celebrate by cleaning the graves of their loved ones, singing songs, telling stories about their ancestors and  picnicking! 

2. Sugar Skulls (a delicious, decorated skull made out of sugar) are a symbol of death and the afterlife and are typically inscribed with the names of the deceased on the forehead (learn how to make your own Sugar Skulls HERE! 

3. Legend has it that butterflies are the souls of the deceased returning to earth.

4. Marigolds are often placed at altars and graves. They are known as the flower of the dead and their scent is believed to attract the souls and draw them back.

5. During Day of the Dead there are parades with floats, bands, and even handmade coffins with replica skeletons in them!


Build your own Day of the Dead Alter with the Smithsonian Latino Center HERE!

Want to learn more about the food and drink on a Day of the Dead alter? Check THIS out!

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