Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Here are a few fun and festive recipes and crafts to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in your own home.

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.

The ritual of honoring the dead began in Meso-America with the Aztecs and other ancient civilizations. Whereas the later arriving Spanish Conquistadors feared death, the Aztecs embraced it and believed it was simply a continuation of life.

Rooted in ancient practices, Dia de los Muertos has since incorporated Catholic beliefs. Though traditional symbols like the skull still play a large role in Day of the Dead celebrations, today, Mexicans commemorate and honor their deceased relatives with bright festivities that include dancing, sugar skulls, masks and prayer.

A popular holiday in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos has since grown in recognition in both the United States and Central America.

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