Dia de Los Muertos also known as Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that dates back 3,000 years. Since those times, the indigenous people of Mexico who belonged to different civilizations such as the Aztecs believed that most people who died went to a place called Mictlan, the underworld in Aztec mythology. Here, our loved ones could finally rest.
This two-day celebration takes place Nov 1st and 2nd. This holiday is still greatly honored in many states in Mexico such as Michoacan, which is where I was born. I have to admit that this holiday would freak me out. My grandma would set up a special altar filled with pictures of the deceased, mementos, fruit and many foods to offer the dead one, in particular, is called Pan de Muerto (the name alone brought chills to my spine as a little girl.
Dia de Los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience and it also an important lesson about our cyclical life and death.
In today’s video, I will be recreating the character La Muerte from the movie The Book of Life. Enjoy.
Special sneak peek of my working area. A beautiful mess.
Do you celebrate Dia de Los Muertos? If you do, how so?