Watch Cooking Channel

Skeletons and All, El Dia De Los Muertos Is a Time for Rejoicing

Colorful Candy Skulls

Colorfully decorated candy skulls are among the holiday's many traditions.

With Halloween having come and gone, we’re setting our sights on El Dia de Los Muertos, and learning that the two have less in common than you may think.  We’ve got a bit of background to help demystify the Mexican holiday.

Often hailed as the ‘other’ Halloween, El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead in English) shares some of Halloween’s ghoulish iconography, but not much more.

Centered around the gathering of family and friends, El Dia de los Muertos is about remembering the lives of those who have died. But don’t be fooled! The only thing spooky about the holiday is that it’s celebrated at the graveyard. In fact, it’s a time for rejoicing, and many of its long-held traditions are meant to commemorate the lives of the deceased.

Foods like Pan de Muertos (or Bread of the Dead Ones) and little sugar skull candies eaten by children (pictured above) are among the most recognizable of the many traditions. Soft and sweet, the bun-shaped Pan de Muertos has strips rolled out and attached to look like bones, and the skull candies are, well, candies shaped like skulls. But other holiday traditions range from group prayer to festive dancing.

Pan de Muerto

Ana Pelaez's take on the traditional Pan de Muerto.

So, if El Dia de los Muertos and Halloween aren’t that similar after all, why have we come to associate the two? Most likely, it’s a combination of the spooky iconography that they share, and the fact that they’re celebrated so close to one another, Halloween on October 31st and El Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd. But the similarities end there, and so too should their association.

Join in on the festivities with Food2′s recipe for the holiday’s most popular dish, Pan de Muerto.

Tags:

Comments (955)

  1. Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  2. Business World posted 01/03/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  3. fulham tickets for sale posted 01/04/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  4. Business World posted 01/04/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  5. cooking posted 01/05/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  6. Craigslist Leads posted 01/05/2013

    in mind in 2012 and you will…

    eventually experience the difference. to be a successful blogger, you need not be a genius. you only need to be a blogger in love with your blog and readers.wish you success! if you are disappointed with your blog’s performance in 2011,…

  7. Amway posted 01/05/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  8. Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  9. Hypnotherapy posted 01/07/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  10. yuri posted 01/08/2013

    the time, you will not see instantaneous…

    results but the traffic will slowly start to trickle in and it will snowball over time. good luck and happy blogging! there are over 100 million blogs all over the world. and the number continues to rise each day. as a…

  11. mailing posted 01/08/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  12. gus dahleh posted 01/08/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  13. ViSalus review posted 01/08/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  14. Vigorelle posted 01/08/2013

    Hello…..

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend,…

  15. Buy Fort Max Diet posted 01/08/2013

    Wow…..

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again! “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” by Friedrich Nietzsche….

  16. liposuccion posted 01/08/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  17. how to make money online posted 01/08/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  18. Buy Phen375 posted 01/08/2013

    Hmm…..

    Great write-up, I’m regular visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the nice operate, and It is going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time. “Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial.” by Howard Aiken….

  19. Snow Throwers posted 01/09/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  20. flower shop Toronto posted 01/09/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  21. laser tag kansas city posted 01/09/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  22. Buy Xtreme No posted 01/09/2013

    Hello…..

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, …

  23. google plus posted 01/09/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  24. shopping for ladies posted 01/09/2013

    time and patience to learn about search…

    engine optimization, you will soon see some income. i wanted to start making money as a blogger, but i had no idea what to do first (or second, for that matter). i found free training, and was off and running in…

  25. fx trading for dummies posted 01/10/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  26. Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  27. emerald hill posted 01/10/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  28. 5linx review posted 01/10/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  29. custom challenge coins posted 01/11/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  30. st johns vacation rentals posted 01/11/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  31. Dog Tags posted 01/11/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  32. toko lingerie posted 01/11/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  33. commercial painting posted 01/12/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  34. accounting software posted 01/12/2013

    would not want to focus on especially…

    when your business needs more of your time, you could get an article writing service provider to do the work for you. this way you can focus on your business and get professionals adept at doing the job to take over…

  35. Nikken review posted 01/12/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  36. LifeVantage posted 01/13/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  37. Metabolic Cooking reviews posted 01/13/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  38. engagement rings posted 01/13/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  39. tarot gratis posted 01/14/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  40. Instant Traffic Systems posted 01/14/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  41. Software ERP Indonesia posted 01/14/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  42. Unlock Blackberry posted 01/14/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  43. Melbourne Video Production posted 01/14/2013

    to promote you into a buyer. 3….

    once a buyer, my intent is to convert you into a repeat customer.without question, i also wrote this to give you something you’d find valuable. after all, that is the linchpin of the whole deal, isn’t it?as you can probably tell,…

  44. paleo recipe book posted 01/14/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  45. liposuccion posted 01/15/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  46. Funny Marijuana Jokes posted 01/15/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  47. emotional intelligence posted 01/15/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  48. party decorations posted 01/15/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  49. Giant Eagle Gift Cards posted 01/15/2013

    Giant Eagle Gift Cards…

    There’s noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice factors in features also….

  50. emotional intelligence posted 01/15/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c