A Feast for the Dead

Participants standing in front of an altar during Día de los Muertos.

In most of Latin America, but particularly in Mexico where the practice originated, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 and 2. According to National Geographic, “Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores.” Recognizing death as part of the natural order of things Día de los Muertos observances include feasting, drink, dancing, and parties.

According to Chowhound, “During the Day of the Dead festivities in the first two days of November, graves are decorated in honor of the departed with flowers and offerings of food and drink, including this pan de muertos, a yeasty, sweet egg bread flavored with anise.” Tbsp gives instructions for making sugar skulls.

Saveur shares this menu for a Mexican Feast for Día de los Muertos:

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