Day of the Dead ~ Dios de Muertos

Day of the Dead or in Spanish Dios de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember, honor and pray for friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. November 1st is dedicated to deceased children and November 2nd is dedicated to deceased adults.

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Some of the elements that stand out in a traditional offering of the dead:

Lamp or Star Light – to guide the deceased

Different Colors of Cut Out Paper – Represents the union between life and death

Banquet – of the deceased favorite food and drink to celebrate

Burning Copal Incense – represents the passage from life to death and keeping the spirits away

Salt – purifies so the soul won’t be corrupted

A Cross on the Floor – represents the four cardinal points

A Path of Flowers to the Door of the Alter – guides the soul to the offerings

Toys – for the fun of the deceased children

Candles – Ascension of the spirit, the symbol of love guiding the soul to the alter

Personal Belongs of the Deceased – Photos or something the deceased used

Typical Regional Food Offerings – Rice, mole, seasonal fruits

Glass of Water – to mitigate the thirst of the soul and strengthen them for return

Pan de Muertos Bread – Represents the generosity of the host, and the gift of the earth itself

Flowers – White represents the sky, fellow the earth, purple the mourning, and marigolds guides the spirits in this world

Skulls – Made of sugar or chocolate and represents the friends and family who have died

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There are alters to visit around the Los Cabos community, at the resorts, or even down on Medano Beach.  The above alters were photographed with permission at Hacienda El Coyote Restaurant.

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