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What is the Day of the Dead? Contrary to Halloween, The Day of the Dead is NOT a spooky celebration. It is a day of reverence and remembrance of the loved ones who have passed away. It is a celebration of the dead. | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Posted: October 30, 2017
Last Update: November 22, 2017
Article & Photographs by Siblings

WHAT IS THE DAY OF THE DEAD?

Contrary to Halloween, The Day of the Dead is NOT a spooky celebration. It is a day of reverence and remembrance of the loved ones who have passed away. It is a celebration of the dead.

Many people believe that the spirits of their loved ones are allowed to join them in celebration during these days (most commonly the 1st and 2nd of November).

The Day of the Dead often brings families together to share anecdotes about the people they miss, cook traditional meals, and decorate the ofrenda.

DAY OF THE DEAD SUGAR SKULLS | What is the Day of the Dead? Contrary to Halloween, The Day of the Dead is NOT a spooky celebration. It is a day of reverence and remembrance of the loved ones who have passed away. It is a celebration of the dead. | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

DAY OF THE DEAD OFRENDA | The ofrenda is a colorful and unique display. People set ofrendas in their homes or their loved ones tombs. Many organizations and government agencies organize larger displays for public viewing.
Aside from being a feast to the eyes, it also has a peculiar scent of flowers, spices, seasonal food, and candles. The typical ofrenda is decorated with several items | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

The ofrenda is a colorful and unique display.

People set ofrendas in their homes or their loved ones tombs. Many organizations and government agencies organize larger displays for public viewing.

Aside from being a feast to the eyes, it also has a peculiar scent of flowers, spices, seasonal food, and candles.

The typical ofrenda is decorated with several items:

  • Photographs of loved ones who have passed away
  • Meals and drinks they loved
  • Fresh flowers (Marigold, Cockscomb, and Baby's Breath are the most popular)
  • Candles and incense
  • Seasonal items like sugar cane, oranges, guavas, pumpkin...
  • Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread)
  • Sugar skulls and other figurines
  • Papel picado (tissue paper cutouts with Day of the Dead motifs)
  • Water
  • Salt

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PART 2: DAY OF THE DEAD MARKET

Day of the Dead Market

Filled with sugar decorations too pretty to eat, this Day of the Dead Market is very unique.

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PART 3: DAY OF THE DEAD OFRENDAS

Day of the Dead Celebration

The Day of the Dead is a celebration filled with color and texture thanks to its ofrendas. These displays are made in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away.

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PART 4: DAY OF THE DEAD AT THE CEMETERY

Day of the Dead Celebration

In celebrating the ones who have passed away, the Day of the Dead is a family tradition that often takes place in cemeteries. Tombs are decorated with flowers, musicians play tunes, mass is held on site.

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