Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

The History Of "The Day Of The Dead" Is Very Interesting.

Another staple of the Day of the Dead decoration includes these small color skulls that adorn the area.

The Calaveras are made out of molded sugar paste. They’re often decorated with spiderwebs or flowers, and they have the names of a deceased person written in icing or foil. Some people will even add feathers, beads, or other forms of adornments.

Pan de muerto is known as the Bread of the Dead, but it doesn’t taste as bad as the name might suggest.

It’s actually a sweet roll, often decorated with skeletons. Orange zest and anise seeds are used to flavor the bread. But while the living are the ones who consume the bread, many believe that the spirits are able to absorb the tasty essence of the bread as well.

Mexicans know how to put the spirit in spirited drinks like Tequila, Mezcal, and the popular Pulque.

Locals make Pulque out of fermented agave sap. But other alcoholic beverages are available as well. And like the Bread of the Dead, spirited drinks are offered to put the spirits at ease so they can enjoy the festivities. But of course, the living can definitely join in on the fun too.

The ritual altar is a very important piece for the Day of the Dead, but so is the oh-so popular ofrenda.

An ofrenda or offering is placed on the altar. This often includes things like food. On the Day of the Dead, you’ll find altars in homes, churches and cemeteries full of ofrendas. Each will have their own artistic touch.

One of the most important things about the ritual altars are the photographs of those who passed.

While most families choose to put photos of their human family members, they can put photos of just about anyone including a friend, a deceased celebrity, or a pet. That way, everyone on both sides can get en epic reunion during the three-day holiday.

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