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Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

November 1st ‘All Saints Day’ and November 2nd ‘All Souls Day’

Traditionally, Nov. 1 is when you welcome the souls of children that have passed away, known as Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). Nov. 2 is when the adult souls arrive. It is a day to celebrate death — or, more specifically, the deceased — while on Halloween, death is seen as something to be feared.

Dia De Los Muertos – Sugar Skull Series (Getty)

Dia de los Muertos the origins trace back to the pre-Hispanic era, when they were kept as trophies and used during rituals. It is originaly a Mexican celebration. Those who celebrate Día de los Muertos will usually put up altars honoring those members of the family who have passed away. They decorate the altars with candles, sugar skulls, marigolds, food, beverages and clothes. These offerings, or “ofrendas,” are gifts for the dead and are usually a combination of his or her favorite things.

Let seea few Lady of the Dead sugar skull make-up

Halloween – ‘Trick or Treat’

is October 31st every year

Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead. The wearing of many mysterious costumes, and roaming from door to door demanding treats can be treaced to the Celtic period. Later in the Christian era it was thought that the souls of the dead were out and around, along with fairies, witches ghosts, skeleton figures and demons. As the centuries wore on, people began dressing like these dreadful creatures, performing antics in exchange food and drink.