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History Behind Day of the Dead

On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolve. During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones.

Every November 1st and 2nd hold a special place for both the living and dead within Mexico. The holiday entails a celebration of life as families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.

November 1st is “el Dia de los Inocentes” or the day of the children and November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.

Aztec Origins

The Aztecs and other Nahua people living in what is now central Mexico held a cyclical view of the universe, and saw death as an integral, ever-present part of life.