Today is Halloween, but this isn’t the only celebration going on around this time of year; Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is coming up too. In among all the fun and games of trick-or-treating, it’s easy to forget that the end of October and start of November have a deeper meaning to many. The dark nights and cold weather have us thinking of times gone by, which may well be one of the reasons Day of the Dead is celebrated at this season.
Far from being a festival of ghosts and ghouls, Day of the Dead—is a religious and family celebration observed on November 2, particularly celebrated in Mexico where it is actually a public holiday. It’s also celebrated elsewhere in Latin America.
This special occasion is a time to look back at the family that’s no longer with us, other than in spirit, and to pray for them. November 1 is also All Saints’ Day and the day after is All Souls’ Day, so this is a particularly religious festival. November 1 is used to honor children, while November 2 is used to remember adults and is the main Day of the Dead.
Graves are visited and candles of remembrance lit. Flowers, especially marigolds, are laid at the grave and used to decorate tables for special meals and offerings of sugar skulls and food are made. Those living far from family send flowers and gifts home to be part of the festival. It may be tinged with sadness, but also with fondness for the good times shared.
If you need to send flowers home for Day of the Dead, daFlores can help. Just order today or tomorrow and we can deliver flowers to the door on Dia de los Muertos, November 2. We have a beautiful selection of tasteful flowers that you can use to honor your ancestors. Just select our Mexico page (or other countries) and browse through until you find the perfect flowers for Day of the Dead.