How Do You Celebrate Día De Los Muertos?
Día de Los Muertos is generally celebrated from October 31 to November 2. On Halloween (October 31) children go trick or treating. However, instead of saying “trick or treat,” they say “calaveras,” which means “skeletons” in Spanish. “Calaveras” is a rather new tradition for Día de Los Muertos. Older traditions include the following: on November 1, many families make special foods that they offer to their deceased friends or family members but also eat themselves. Common foods for Día De Los Muertos include pan de muerto and sugar skulls. Many people also like to decorate their houses with intricately cut paper banners, also known as papel picado. Families visit the graves of loved ones as well.
A significant tradition of Día De Los Muertos involves making an altar that the deceased friends or family members can enjoy. Altars typically have a picture of the person who died and are decorated with the things that the person liked. Many altars are also decorated with a holy cross, pan de muerto, paper skulls, papel picado, and beautiful flowers. As you can see, Día De Los Muertos is celebrated in many different ways.