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How to Celebrate Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

The Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is observed in Mexico and parts of Latin America on Nov.1 and Nov.2  to honour loved ones who have died. Even though this holiday celebrates those who have passed, this is one of the liveliest times of the year.

Ornate altars (ofrenda) decorated with photographs, flowers, skulls, colourful paper and other items that were important to their deceased loved ones are created within family homes to celebrate and connect with those who are no longer with us. “What makes this celebration really unique is that depending on how many people are celebrating, the altar can get quite large and becomes a beautiful feast to celebrate your entire family,” shares the Botanist’s Executive Chef Hector Laguna, who was born in a small town in Hildago, Mexico and raised in Veracruz.

“Traditionally, there is a lot of purple, orange and white found in the El Día de Los Muertos, but since your offeranda should be in celebration of your loved ones, you can find items in their favourite colours on it as well,” says Laguna.

Here is how you can celebrate the Day of the Dead and the symbolism behind the traditions.



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