Last month we traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to experience our first Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). San Miguel de Allende is a city located in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, northwest of Mexico City. 14,000 of the city’s population of 80,000 are expatriates, roughly 70 percent of them from the U.S.
From Wiki: “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.”