Dia de los Muertos or The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Latin America on November 1-2. It is similar to many other holidays celebrated around the world, though it's origins stretch back to the Aztec empire when it was held in August in honor of Mictecacihuatl, the Goddess of the Underworld.
As time went on, Aztec traditions blended with the Catholic All Soul's Day, in much the same way that Samhain's Pagan traditions slowly evolved into modern Halloween. Today's Dia de los Muertos is a day of fun as well as deep respect for those who have passed before us. It is a day for honoring our ancestors and our loved ones who have passed on. Altars or Ofrenda's are often elaborately constructed either in homes or in graveyards for friends and family who are no longer living.
If you want to know more about Dia de los Muertos, visit the Smithsonian Latino Center's Day of the Dead page.
Here are some amazing crafts and DIY projects for those who want to celebrate this year, enjoy!
Vegan Pan de Muerto Recipe - Earth Balance
How to Make an Ofrenda to Honor the Dead - The Mija Chronicles
Dollar Store Sugar Skull - The Kim Six Fix
Papel Picado - Happy Thought
Marigold Headpiece - JAMONKEY
Day of the Dead Balloons - Growing Up Bilingual
Skull Boxes - Don't Eat The Paste
Jalapeno Mezcal Shooters - Nicole Presley
Sugar Skull Pumpkin - Casa Artelexia
Nail Art Tutorial - Paper Thin Nails
Day of the Dead Cat Mask - Happy Thought
For Kids - Rachel Matos