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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Are you ready for the Day of the Dead?

Online resources for the Mexican Celebration

The Day of the Dead is an old Mexican tradition celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. On these days family and friends celebrate in memory of loved ones who have passed away - and it is said those departed loved ones are celebrating with them. The emphasis is most assuredly on the celebration - The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos (in its original Spanish), is a joyful occasion with festivals, food, and flowers!

Preparing for the Day of the Dead

Many people across London are celebrating the Day of the Dead, so we've found a selection of online resources for you to prepare for this special occasion!

1. In Mexico, bakeries begin stocking "bread of the dead" about a week before the event. Learn how to make your own Pan De Muerto with this recipe from Finecooking.

2. Sugar skulls are popular too. They are made with colourful icing. It is said that smashing the sugar skill and eating it is symbolic of having conquered death. Make your own sugar skulls following this recipe from About.

3. Make your own Day of the Dead Skull Masks with these instructions from KinderArt.

4. Make your own Day of the Dead Piñata. A terrifically creative and detailed tutorial from Party Delights.

5. Kid-friendly Day of the Dead Lanterns. This tutorial takes a Halloween craft idea and applies it to the Day of the Dead - we love the result!

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

How are you celebrating the Day of the Dead? We love to Face Paint at this time of year, as you can see in this photo-collage of previous Day of the Dead events.

Would you like to invite us to your Day of the Dead celebration? Click here to check availability online.