What is Dia De Los Muertos?
Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a centuries-old Mexican tradition with roots dating back to the indigenous civilizations the Aztec, Maya and Toltec cultures. It is a celebration that honors deceased loved ones and embraces the belief that the spirits of the departed return to the living world for a brief visit. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, corresponding with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Families often create ofrendas (altars) adorned with marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased to welcome them back. Dia De Los Muertos is a time of remembrance, love and celebration of the cycle of life and death, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and artistic expressions of Mexico and many other Latin American countries. It has now transcended borders and is celebrated worldwide, including in Colorado Springs, where it continues to thrive and evolve.