Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead is coming up. Better known as All Saints Day in the U.S. . In Mexico practically the entire country will visit graveyards to pay homage to deceased relative or friends.

There will be "Offerings" at altars on which they will commemorate the death of a person by placing things they enjoyed in life, like special foods, drinks, etc.

Many floral decorations, incense and such are used. Its really a 3 day event, October 31st is for persons who died in accidents, November 1st is for children and Nov. 2nd for adults.

It's very colorful and many towns have contests to see who can make the best "offering altar".
Also during this festival a special bread is made, Pan de los Muertos", a sweet bread with the figure of crossed bones on top.

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