Everything You Should Know About Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.

Day of the Dead is celebrated each year from October 28 to November 3.

(At the bottom of this post is an example of an altar that I have done.)

October 27: Begin to put the Altar together.

  • Place Pictures
  • Personal Objects
  • 5 White Candles
  • Sugar Skulls
  • Plate a Plate of Salt in form of the Lords Cross

October 28: To receive souls of those who feel alone.

  • Turn on First Candle
  • Place a White Flower

October 29: To receive souls of those who feel forgotten.

  • Turn on Second Candle
  • Place a Cup of Water

October 30: To receive souls who’ve died without eating or who’ve died from an accident.

  • Turn on Third Candle
  • Place a Second Cup of Water
  • Place a Piece of White Bread

October 31: To receive our Ancestors.

  • Turn on Forth Candle
  • Place a Third Cup of Water
  • Place a Second Piece of White Bread
  • Place some Fruit

November 1: To receive the souls of our Children (Day of the Innocents.)

  • Place Food

November 2: To receive the souls of our Adults.

  • Burn Copal Incense
  • Decorate a Path with Marigold Flowers

November 3: Say goodbye to our loved ones and ask them to come back next year.

  • Turn on Last Candle
  • Burn Copal Incense
  • Pick Up Offerings
Day of the Dead Altar in 2019

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