The Day of The Dead

A Mexican Holiday

The Tradition

The Day of the Dead is not as scary as it sounds. It is simply a happy holiday to honor the dead. The Mexicans believe that happy spirits will provide them with protection, good luck and wisdom. Before the Day of the Dead, an area of the house must be cleaned to make room for an altar. The altar must be filled with offerings that usually consists of a wash bowl, basin, razors, soap and other items so that the traveling spirit can get cleaned-up. On the first day of November, the Day of the Dead begins and the gates of heaven open. The spirits that come out are those of children. After they reunite with their families, they return to the heavens so that on the following day, spirits of the adults could make a visit to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.