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All Souls' Day in Mexico

Quick Facts

All Souls’ Day, popularly known as the Day of the Dead, is a bank holiday in Mexico to remember deceased relatives and friends on November 2.

Local names

NameLanguage
All Souls' DayEnglish
Los Fieles DifuntosSpanish
AllerseelenGerman

All Souls' Day 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

All Souls' Day 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015
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All Souls’ Day (Los Fieles Difuntos), on November 2, and All Saints’ Day ( Día de Todos los Santos), on November 1, are bigger than Halloween in Mexico. All Souls' Day, also known as the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), on November 2 celebrates and honors the dead.

Hand-painted artificial skulls for Mexico's Day of the Dead.

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Celebrate All Souls’ Day

Markets and shops throughout Mexico sell toys and candy in the form of macabre symbols such as skeletons, coffins, and the personification of death ( La Muerta) in the lead up to All Souls’ Day. Candles, paper wreaths and seasonal flowers are also sold.

Many families have special gatherings at cemeteries to honor the Day of the Dead. Cemetery graves are decorated with candles, wreaths, floral arrangements, and colorful paper streamers. Events on the day include parties featuring a variety of popular Mexican dishes and drinks.

Altars are set up in homes to honor dead relatives. These are adorned with food and drinks (ofrendas), photos, candles, flowers, and candy skulls inscribed with the name of the deceased. Incense sticks are lit to help the departed find their way.

Public life

All Souls’ Day, on November 2, is a bank holiday in Mexico. Banks are closed but most businesses are open. Streets and roads around cemeteries may be particularly busy in some towns and cities.

About All Souls’ Day

All Souls’ Day is a Catholic tradition in which churches commemorate the dead by praying for their souls. Rituals include visiting family graves and remembering deceased relatives. However, this Christian holiday combines some rituals from the Pagan holiday Samhain as well as ancient Mexican traditions used to celebrate and remember dead ancestors. All Souls’ Day is also celebrated in parts of Europe and other countries worldwide.

Did you know?

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is not a day to be scared – it is a festive occasion with parties, dancing, singing, and even fireworks!

About All Souls' Day in other countries

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All Souls' Day Observances

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