All Souls' Day in Mexico
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. It's also called the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos).
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.
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 countriesRead more about All Souls' Day.
All Souls' Day Observances
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Quick FactsAll 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.
All Souls' Day 2016Wednesday, November 2, 2016
All Souls' Day 2017Thursday, November 2, 2017
Name in other languages
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Other holidays in November 2016 in Mexico
- All Saints' Day – Tuesday, November 1, 2016
- Revolution Day Memorial – Sunday, November 20, 2016
- Revolution Day Memorial – Monday, November 21, 2016