Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that has been gaining in popularity with Americans in the last few years, and I can understand why. The iconography, the makeup, the decorations are beautiful. The image of the calaveras or sugar skull is lovely, and (to our eyes) exotic.
But of course Dia de los Muertos is about more than beautiful decorations. It’s a celebration of the lives of our lost loved ones – and a sacred time in many cultures. Though it’s commonly conflated with Halloween in the United States, the holidays are not interchangeable.
If you want to learn more about Dia de los Muertos, get out your Google-Fu and look it up, the information available is fascinating and I am sure it will lead you to a greater respect for this meaningful holiday.
I was lucky enough to get to see some authentic representations of the type of celebration that happens in Hispanic communities (even though the event took place a week after the actual Day of the Dead holiday.) The video below features traditional altars, calavera-style face painting and Day of the Dead themed artwork, as well as an exhibition of traditional Hispanic dancing in many styles.
I really hope you enjoy the video, let me know what you think in the comments!