Growing up in El Paso, Texas, I was surrounded by rich Mexican culture. One of the celebrations that was prevalent in my childhood was Dia de Los Muertos. It wasn’t just a holiday celebrated by my grandparents, it was a holiday that I participated in by dancing with the Folklorico group around the city. I have to admit, I found it pretty creepy when I was a young child and didn’t fully understand the purpose of the celebrations. Now, especially since my grandparents and nephew have passed away, I find it important to celebrate their lives and pay tribute to them. I have to absolutely credit Elena of Avalor for sparking my daughter’s interest in Dia de Los Muertos.
While it has become trendy and commercialized, for those of us grew up with grandparents/great grandparents exposing us to Dia de Los Muertos, I believe the simple, beautiful tradition of this holiday is one that should be passed down to our children.
You can find so many great ideas online for altars, recipes and decorations – here are some of my favorites: