On November 1 and 2, Mexico, Latin America, the United States and many regions of the world celebrate the Mexican festival, Dia de los Muertos, known as the Day of the Dead. This holiday combines Aztec rituals with Catholicism that celebrates the lives of deceased loved one with music, feasts and beautiful altars. It is believed that during this holiday the dead become part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to celebrate their lives with loved ones.
Altars often include offerings of marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, photos, personal mementos, foods, drinks and even vices like cigars and wine that were once enjoyed by the loved one.
In San Diego California, headquarters to the NapkinTree, we are very close to the northern Mexican border and we share many rich Mexican traditions with our south-of-the-border neighbors. Many streets, neighborhoods and attractions have Spanish influences and these cultural nuances are part of San Diego’s daily living. In fact, San Diego’s Old Town, with its Mexican, Spanish and Native American legacy has a spectacular Day of the Dead celebration every November 1 and 2.
Many beautiful decorations are a large part of the Day of the Dead and share colors and themes with Halloween decorations. For either occasion you celebrate, here are some really great Day of the Dead ideas to try. Happy Dia de los Muertos!