Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrating the reunion of dead relatives with their families, on November 1st (All Souls' Day) and November 2nd (All Saints' Day). This holiday is celebrated by a number of different cultures in their own unique ways. In the United States and in some of Mexico's larger cities, families build altars (ofredas) in their homes. They decorate these ofredas with flowers, candles, photos, and the favorite foods of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is not a morbid holiday, but rather, an occasion to remember, honor, and celebrate the lives of those loved ones who have passed away. For more information on the history behind this holiday and how it is celebrated, visit www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/.

Cooking and crafting are two important parts of Día de los Muertos. The holiday is a celebration of artistic expression with the creation of handmade decorations, costumes, brightly colored sugar skulls, and delicious treats.

I found a recipe for traditional Sugar Skulls, but the Crafty Chica has a wonderful recipe for an edible, white chocoate version which I plan to make this year (stay tuned for photos). P.S.) You can also find this recipe in Kathy's book Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life!.

For links to more fun projects, visit Crafty Chica's Dia de los Muertos Projects.

This year will be my very first Día de los Muertos. At home, I made a small ofreda with candles, tissue paper flowers, and photos of deceased grandparents and pets. I plan to make some of their favorite foods and decorate my white chocolate sugar skulls with brightly colored frosting in celebration of their lives.


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