What is Day of the Dead, you ask? Well, let’s get one thing straight: Day of the Dead has nothing—and we mean nothing—to do with Halloween. It’s purely coincidental that it takes place around the same time and shares imagery such as skeletons and skulls. It’s also not a sad or scary holiday. It’s a big, happy celebration. OK, now that we have that out of the way, here’s the real scoop:
More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This is a day on which to memorialize and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. You toast a drink to them. You clean and adorn their graves with brightly colored flowers and decorations. As offerings, detailed skulls made entirely of sugar are put proudly on display in homes, shops, bars and restaurants. By honoring them in this way, they are never forgotten. See, it’s not scary at all, in fact, it’s kinda sweet!
As part of this annual memorializing, many people build ornate shrines to commemorate passed loved ones. Items often include trinkets that belonged to the deceased, their favorite foods and beverages, photos and other memorabilia.
In honor of Day of the Dead, El Taco is building a shrine to honor the loved ones who are no longer with us, and you’re welcome to add to the shrine! In fact, we encourage it! However, we can’t guarantee the items will be returned, so please don’t bring any family heirlooms or precious keepsakes. Please bring your mementos to El Taco by Friday, November 1 for them to be included in this shrine.
Happy Day of the Dead!