Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that takes place every year. It begins on October 31 and runs through November 2. But in San Diego Old Town Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1 and 2, presumably because the first day coincides with Halloween here in the U.S.
As you may have surmised by now, despite the focus on dead people, Día de Muertos has little to do with Halloween. It is instead a three-part celebration of family members deceased. On October 31 children (living ones) make altars inviting children (dead ones) to visit. The following day, All Saints’ Day, is for adults. Dead adults. They, too, are expected to visit with their warmer relations. The celebration culminates on All Souls’ Day on November 2. This is the time for families (living) to go to the local cemetery and dress up the burial sites of their relatives (dead).
So you can see that there’s a lot more to the Day of the Dead than a bunch of macabre skeletons dressed up in their Sunday finest. It is a celebration of one’s forebears. Other traditions associated with the Day of the Dead include pan de muerto (bread of the dead; not to be confused with dead bread from the day-old section at the local bakery), sugar skulls, candies, and atole (a sweet, flavored corn-based drink).
At any rate, the Day of the Dead is an explosion of colors both floral and man made. As such you should have a camera ready to capture it all.
And I don’t just mean the dressed skeletons. The decorations extend to outdoor venues from restaurants to store entrances.
But it’s the skeletons that rule the day.
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