by St. Jude Candle Company
In most regions of México, November 1st is Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) but also Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). November 2nd is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Beginning in mid-October, markets and stores are filled with the special items for the “Día de los Muertos.” These include all manner of skeletons, intricate tissue paper cut-outs called papel-picado, candles, flowers and sugar skulls. Families decorate home altars, graves and small shrines with all these items including photographs and favorite foods of the deceased.
Candles are one of the most important elements in this celebration. One candle is lit for each dead family member and one extra for the one that does not have a family. The candles represent hope and faith, and burn through the night so that there is no darkness.
When people of other cultures hear about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be gruesome, terrifying, and scary. Nothing is further from the truth. Day of the Dead, is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have passed away.
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