A celebration honoring the loved ones who have passed away, Dia de los Muertos gives death a joyful new meaning on this Mexican holiday.
By: Isabella Milkes
Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of honoring the deceased. It originated in Mexico, but combines both Aztec and Spanish roots.
This Mexican holiday is not a moment to mourn. According to National Geographic, this holiday “recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.”
On November 1st and 2nd, families in Mexico come together to remember and honor the deceased. People build altars of their loved ones. These altars typically contain a picture of the person who passed away and ofrendas, or offerings for that person. These offerings include a type of marigold called cempazuchitl, decorated skulls, or calaveras, food, and incense.
The most common foods prepared in this holiday include pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, candied pumpkin, and atole, a corn based drink.
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Lucky for you, I have done some research so that you can prepare these recipes at home and share them with your loved ones. All of the following recipes are vegan.
What do you do to honor your loved ones? Share with us in the comments!