Día de los Muertos


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead

"On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit.  November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit.  November 2 is all Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives.  The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls, cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations, fruit and nuts, incense, and other traditional foods and decorations."

Reference:  Latina and Latino Voices in Literature (Frances Ann Day), Greenwood Publishing Group, page 72.