What is the Day of the Dead?
Originating from Mexico, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a colourful and joyous celebration, to show love and respect for deceased family members and celebrate life. The dead are kept alive as part of the community in memory and spirit and during Día de los muertos they return to be with their families. Altars are beautifully decorated with photos and offerings to honour the souls so that they return home to be with their families.
The celebrations take place on the 1-2nd November and are not to be confused with Halloween – they’re both separate events with different origins and rituals. Death and spirits often inflict fear on Halloween, while on the Day of the Dead they are celebrated and honoured.