By Hayleigh Peterson
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that starts on October 31, and ends on November 2. They viewed the ritual as a way of seeing their dead relatives; this was started by the Aztecs over 3,000 years ago.
Church altars are usually decorated with flowers(marigolds), candles, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones.
Food placed on the altar consists of the loved one’s favorite dishes and treats. . Pan de Muertos is Day of the Dead bread that is prepared and eaten during the season. It is an essential element of the altar, and perhaps the food item that is most associated with the holiday. Drinks should be placed in the altar to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home
Spirits of those who have departed visit their families on October 31 and leave November 2. They are easily recognizable symbols of Dia de los Muertos. Dia de los Muertos means Day of the Dead.