Dia Official Posters
Angelitos – souls of the children who have died, literally “little angels.
Atole – an ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits
Calavera – a skull tat symbolizes death and a slang term for daredevil. Also songs and poems that are satirical in nature.
Mascara or Careta – a face mask
Cempasúchitl – a yellow marigold, the symbol of death
Mole – a sauce made from ingredients including chilis, sesame seeds, herbs, spices, chocolate and fruit
Ofrenda – an offering refers to the goods set out on the altars.
Copal (incense) – represents the soul (smoke) leaving the material body. Some believe copal mixed with the smell of cempasúchitl bears a resemblance to the smell of bones and death.
Pan de Muerto – bread of the dead … with a hidden figurine in the center of the bread.
What is the difference between Halloween and Day of the Dead?
Halloween is based on a medieval European concept of death and is populated by demons, witches, and other images of terror – all of them negative. Día de los Muertos is distinctly different. It is a custom that demonstrates a strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors. It celebrates the continuance of life — family, relationships and community solidarity, and even finds humor after death – all positive concepts.