A Soulful Mexican Tradition
In the past few years, Day of the Dead imagery has seemed to gain popularity in pop-culture, such as the iconic catrinas (female skeletons) and calaveritas (decorated sugar skulls). With the representation of this Mexican tradition spreading wide, it is important to understand the true meaning of this tradition, therefore understanding more about the colorful Mexican culture.
This spiritual celebration brings families together, where they join at their loved one’s resting place in the cemetery. The families bring offerings of food and beverage, precious objects, and photos of the deceased. Families gather, sometimes for the entire night, by their loved one’s grave to share food and drinks, play music, and recount stories of their beloved.
Pan de muerto (bread of the dead) is a type of sweet roll traditionally baked during the weeks leading up to the Day of the aDead. It is said that the shapes resembling bones represent the lost one and the ball on top is a tear drop to represent the sorrow. The bones are placed in a circle to represent the circle of life
An example of a Día de los Muertos ofrenda (altar) in which family members place the favorite items of their deceased loved ones. The cempasúchil (sem-pah-soo-cheel) flower is used as a decoration in the Day of the Dead festivities. Its warm and bright color brings life to the commemorative ofrendas.