In our house, October means bringing out the sugar skull decor, devil masks, and musical instruments. We celebrate Dia de Los Muertos.
What is Dia de Los Muertos?
Dia de Los Muertos means “Day of the Dead,” a traditionally Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for, remember, and celebrate the lives of friends and family members who have died. The celebrations include food, drink, dancing, and fun activities. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience. On this day, the dead are part of the community, awakened from eternal sleep to share celebrations with loved ones.
A popular symbol of Dia de los Muertos is the calacas and calaveras (skulls and skeletons). They are displayed in candy, pan dulce (sweet bread,) as masks, and dolls. Calacas and calaveras are usually portrayed wearing fancy clothes, dancing, and enjoying life.
Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated on November 1 & 2, just after Halloween.
Experience Dia de Los Muertos this year at one of the many family-friendly celebrations going on throughout the San Francisco Bay to Monterey. Sugar skull making, food, art, music, fire dancing, and more.
San Leandro: http://www.balletfolkloricomexicano.org/dia-de-los-muertos-2014.html
San Rafael: http://www.dayofthedeadsr.org/
San Jose: http://sjmusart.org/event/community-day-el-dia-de-los-muertos-2
Santa Cruz: http://www.santacruzmah.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-community-festival-2/
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