Eat, dance, reminice and be Merry!
Day of the Dead, Día de Muertos in Spanish is a national holiday that was conceived in Mexico 3000 years ago. Not only do Mexicans celebrate on this day but other cultures around the world do as well. The Aztec’s belief was not to grieve loved ones that passed but to celebrate and honour them with food, drink, music, dance and offerings. The return of their spirits would be welcomed! It is believed that the souls of the dead come back to visit loved ones. This day, November 1st is not a sad day but happy day so no tears are allowed! Despite it’s name, Day Of The Dead is actually a happy, colourful celebration and not a mournful commemoration. Beginning with a religious ceremony, participants are asked to contribute objects symbolizing remembrance of departed loved ones for a special alter display.
The alter would be decorated with photos, candles, mementos and flowers. Stories, memories and tales are shared to honour loved ones. Since food is a big part of the celebration, It’s often believed that “the dead will eat the “spiritual essence” of the food.”
Mexican sugar skulls, also known as calaveras are offered to both the living and the dead.
To make your own, mix:
1 teaspoon of meringue powder;
1 cup of granulated sugar;
1 teaspoon of water
Mix well, pack into a mold and let dry overnight. Pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”) is a sweet egg bread made in various shapes (plain rounds, skulls, rabbits often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones). Don’t forget your day of the dead themed hot mitt while your cooking.
You are remembering the deceased in your life so have fun and celebrate! Show your love of the dead with these bumper stickers.