To most Americans, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is the “Mexican Halloween.” While this isn’t the case, the vast majority of folks don’t know the actual origins and meanings of the holiday.
We've all heard about the Day of the Dead or seen the classic sugar skull paintings—but what does this celebration really represent?
In the United States, Halloween is mostly about candy, but elsewhere in the world celebrations honoring the departed have a spiritual meaning
Food and drink are a big part of the festivities — they are ofrendas, or offerings, put on altars to entice deceased loved ones to come back for a visit.
El Día de los Muertos is confused with Halloween, but despite the skulls it's not spooky. It's a celebration of those loved ones who are gone and we miss.
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As more people celebrate the holiday in Mexico and the U.S., the tradition has evolved, but its spirit remains the same.