What is Dia de los Muertos?

Ok, friend, I had to ask myself a few years back because I would see the sugar skulls and think that they were cute but didn’t understand what they represented.

Dia de los Muertos is Spanish for Day of the Dead and is a Mexican holiday that always follows Halloween. The purpose of the holiday is to honor love ones that have passed on from this plane. Although most begin celebrating the holiday on Halloween, it officially starts on November 1st and goes through November 2nd, though some places may celebrate all the way through to the 6th.

It’s an important day as it is most noted for it’s celebration of life and death. The monarch butterflies who have migrated from our neck of the woods begin to show up deep in Mexico around this time of the year and as we know, the butterfly is symbolic of life after death.

Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? If so, how do you celebrate!

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