This week is the beginning of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday in Mexico. It is a time when families and friends come together to honor a loved one who has passed away…usually at the cemetery where the person was buried.
Creepy Fact: If the person passed away a long time ago, then some people will bring up the coffin and clean the bones of the person.
Each day from October 28th until November 2nd has a specific purpose for honoring the dead.
Here is the breakdown of who to honor each day:
October 28th – Those who died in an accident.
October 29th – Those who died from violence.
October 30th – Those who died from sickness or disease.
October 31st – Those who died by suicide and are believed to go to neither Heaven nor Hell but remain in limbo for eternity.
November 1st – All children who have died (Dia de los Inocentes aka Day of the Innocents).
November 2nd – All adults who have died (Dia de los Muertos aka Day of the Dead).
Private altars are set up with the person’s favorite food and drink, along with candles and marigolds.
The iconic La Calavera Catrina is a female skeleton dressed in a European hat and dress and has become the main symbol for the Day of the Dead. From store fronts to souvenirs, you won’t go far without seeing a Catrina during this holiday.