How To Celebrate The Mexican Day Of The Dead

How To Celebrate The Mexican Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead starts today! Join in this Mexican celebration of life. Here’s all about what to do on this day and how to set up your own altar offering. Have a wonderful Day of the Dead celebration!

My Heart of Mexico

Hola, amigos! Here in Mexico, it’s time to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Perhaps this sounds scary to you, but it’s really a very family-friendly holiday. Would you like to know what all the fuss is about?  Keep reading!

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Eye candy

Eye candy

Ever wondered where all those colorful candy skulls come from? Your questions answered here!

Creative Hands of Mexico

Alfeñique is a sugar confection of Arab and Spanish origin which was introduced into Mexico to replace the Aztec tradition of molding offerings with amaranth (a kind of pseudo grain).

800px-alfenique_argentinaThe pieces are made from a paste which consists of powdered sugar, a vegetable adhesive, lemon and stiffly beaten egg white. The damp paste is similar to clay in consistency, allowing the creation of decorative figures either by hand or in molds. Interestingly enough, while the pieces are perfectly edible, they are quite hard and don’t melt easily in the mouth… so they are rarely eaten.

The best-known of these are the sugar skulls for Day of the Dead, which are decorated, often highly so, and traditionally feature the name of someone living, including children, for whom the piece is intended.  These skulls are nearly indispensible on Day of the Dead altars in many parts (but not all) of the…

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