“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”, Richard Puz
The tradition of the Day of the Dead Celebration is held on November 1. It is a day set aside to celebrate the reuniting the living and dead. It is believed that it is the one time a year when the border between the spirit world and the natural world dissolves. The spirits of the dead visit their loved ones.
As in any tradition, food plays a central role in the celebration. Offerings of food, known as “ofrendas,” are set up on altars to welcome and nourish the spirits of the departed. These ofrendas often include the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased, as it is believed that the spirits will enjoy their favorite flavors and aromas when they visit. One of the traditional dishes is pan de muerto (bread of the dead), commonly prepared during this time. Preparing and sharing these meals brings families and communities together, fostering a sense of togetherness and remembrance. By preparing and consuming these traditional foods, families celebrate and honor their heritage, creating a bridge between the living and the deceased.
Perhaps you may want to start this meaningful celebration in your home. It would be fun to gather at the table, and each person mentions a departed friend or relative and tells a story about that person. If you do, I offer you a simple recipe for Pan de Muerto. This is a traditional sweet eaten on The Day of the Dead. If you can’t get the family together for a celebration, enjoy it while watching the delightful movie Coco.