Dia de Muertos
A Celebration of Life!
Hispanic cultures remember their ancestors on Dia de Muertos. So they celebrate with family and by visiting the graves of their parents and loved ones. It is a three-day celebration from October 31 to November 2 near the time of our Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day.
One of the primary elements of the celebration is a memorial (ofrenda) in the family home or community. The articles on display are photographs, and flowers (often Marigolds), favorite food and sometimes tobacco or alcohol. It is thought that the spirits of the deceased return to visit with the living and to enjoy the comforts of life in an earthly world. It is a reverent time and the articles placed on the ofrenda are often religious, and usually Catholic.
Cultures attribute different values to their genealogy. Dia de Muertos has a great significance in Mexico and South America. Hispanic cultures honor their ancestors annually on this holiday. In the U.S., we have Memorial Day to visit our graves and honor our Veterans. Dia de Muertos was not celebrated in Northern Mexico or the United States until the tradition made its way in the 1900s from South America.