Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.
A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.
Spirits are guided home to enjoy offerings left for them on meticulously crafted altars. Altars are often made in homes and demonstrated the love and dedication of those left behind toward those who have passed.
Join us in remembering family members and friends who are no longer with us. Leave the name and a message to a loved one on the altar.