Día de los Muertos
Now on Exhibit
For many people in Mexico and other parts of the world, November 2 is a very important day set aside to honor and remember relatives and friends who have passed away. This holiday is called ‘Day of the Dead.’ In Spanish the name is translated to Día de los Muertos. Another name for this day is All Saints Day.
Around the end of October, many areas in Mexico begin to prepare for this holiday. Painted wooden skulls are frequently seen in homes and stores. In fact, skulls are an unofficial symbol of the holiday. Sugar skulls, called calaveras de azucar, are very popular with children. These skulls are not meant to be scary, like the ones you see at Halloween. If you look closely at the Day of the Dead skulls, you will notice they have smiles. This is because the memories of those that are gone are happy memories.
The original Aztec holiday was actually a month-long event, but when the Spanish conquistadores arrived the celebration became intertwined with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2).
Celebrate the traditions and cultural impact of Día de los Muertos in our exhibit in the Innovations West Gallery.
Further your journey of discovery of Día de los Muertos with a music-filled journey to the land of the dead in the Omni Theater. Academy Award-winning Coco shows select dates through November.