In Mexico, Day of the Dead is a holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and takes place over three days (Oct 31 – Nov 2). Traditionally, on November 2 families decorate the graves of their relatives and leave offerings of flowers, alcohol, and food such as pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”).
Unfortunately, we were not around any graveyards to see the results of visits however we did see many roadside memorials being cleaned and decorated.
We did eat some pan de muerto (pan is the spanish word for bread and is pronounced like “pahn”, with the vowel sound between “on” like on/off and pawn). Sarah kept herself laughing by saying “Pan of the Dead” and “Pan Shop”, referring to the “Dawn of the Dead” movies and pawn shops.
Dressing up and going trick-or-treating, like in the United States, is a relatively recent phenomenon in Mexico and not widespread. I missed all scary stuff of Halloween so I leave you with some scary stuff we encountered.