Día de los Muertos is Nov 2.
The "Day of Dead" is less about scary and more about remembering.
If you have no experience with this holiday, looking at the calaveras (skulls) may lead you to believe that this is one spooky holiday, especially since it comes after Halloween. You'd be missing the point. A closer look would reveal skulls made of sugar and female skeletal figurines called "catarinas," Spanish for "elegant."
In this paradox, you will find a sacred holiday, where family and friends gather to share food and pray for those close to them who are no longer with us. And though the people who celebrate this holiday are largely of the Catholic faith, the celebration can be traced back to the Aztec culture. It is here that the most magical belief can instill awe and wonder: The ancients embraced death as a continuation of life. In fact, they saw life as a dream, and only in dying were they truly awake.
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