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Dia De Los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday for honoring the dead. Dating back to the Aztecs, family and friends gather to remember those who have died and celebrate with traditions of sugar skulls, private altars, marigolds and the favorite food and drink of the deceased.

2014 Day of the Dead St. Louis


History of Dia de los Muertos

In this 2,500-3,000 year-old tradition, people go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world. In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades. At the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

Far from its darker Aztec origins, today the Day of the Dead is a widely celebrated tradition –a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy a night of food, drink and music. Join us for our 4th annual Dia de los Muertos!