Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s Days of the Dead (Los Dias De Los Muertos)

Did you know that in pre-Hispanic times, the Mexican people were often buried directly underneath their homes, representing Mexican’s deep and personal ties with dyk-dod09their dead?

This connection is reflected in the Mexican holiday of El Dìa de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which is an opportunity for Mexicans to remember and pay tribute to their deceased loved ones.

Did you know that Mexicans believe that spirits return to the Earth during the Day of the Dead to be with their families?

Angelitos, or little angel spirits, are believed to come on November 1, while adult spirits visit on November 2.

Did you know that Mexican families set up elaborate alters called ofrendas during the Day of the Dead to welcome the spirit of departed loved ones for a brief visit?

Personal memorabilia and sugar skulls are left on the home alter.

Did you know thatcalacas, handmade skeleton figurines, are a typical decoration in Mexico during the Day of the Dead?

Calacas usually show an active and joyful afterlife and traditionally feature generals on horseback, brides and grooms on their honeymoon, and musicians.

Did you know that Day of the Dead is actually a three-day celebration, beginning the evening of October 31 and culminating on November 3?

The Mexican holiday coincides with America’s Halloween, and many of the traditions have melded across the border. The holiday is also rooted in the Mexican people’s strong Catholic faith, which celebrates All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1st and 2nd.