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Dia De Los Muertos

A guide about Dia Los Muertos that connects to our week long celebration of lost loved ones.


Need to Know

Ofrenda-Shrine/Altar put up  during Dia De Los Muertos. The Altar can have photos, favorite foods, moments, or anything else that honors loved ones that have since passed.

Calavera-Skull, also used to refer to sugar skulls. During Dia De Los Muertos, Sugar skulls are often decorated and placed on the ofrenda.

Sugar Skull-Also known as a calavera. Sugar skulls are decorated and placed on the ofrenda, or near the gravestone of a departed loved one. 


What is Dia De Los Muertos?

Dia De Los Muertos, otherwise known as Day of the Dead or All Souls Day, is a celebration of loved ones. To quote The Mexican Museum (n.d.): "Those who passed are alive in our memories. A continuous echo that at certain occasions becomes louder. As the only answer to many of our questions, death is an integral part of life, and the living and the dead meet in this day to emphasize the importance of death in the cycle of life."

An ofrenda, or altar/shrine, is set up to place photos, food, or any other mementos that reminds you of your loved one that has since passed on. Candles, yellow marigolds, and/or calaveras are also commonly present on ofrendas. This honors loved ones, and helps them make their way back to their relatives since the veil between the physical and spiritual world is thin enough for them to slip through.

Families often go to graveyards or cemeteries-bringing food, music, and drink- to celebrate loved ones that have since passed on as well. 



Source: The Mexican Museum (n.d.). "Dia De Los Muertos." Accessed October 25 2023.