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Our authentic artesanías mexicanas make perfect presents any time of the year for anyone who happens to be a Día de los Muertos fan. They'll appreciate them even when it's not Day of the Dead time. New this year: Hallowe'en artisan goods from Germany: wooden nutcrackers, pyramids, and paper mache candy containers!
Día de los Muertos is the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. It's more an occasion for festivity than solemnity, but there are elements of both. Families gather at cemeteries to celebrate those who have passed before them with bundles of huge marigolds and picnics with plenty of delicious food. At home, celebratory altars, called ofrendas, are created. These altars are decorated with skulls made of painted sugar, photographs, candles, papel picado, sweets, and festive skeleton figures. We have long loved the holiday, for there are elements in our own Italian culture that are similar. The Italian version is known as I Morti, or Festa dei Morti. Día de los Muertos falls each year on the 2nd of November, but the season when we especially remember our beloved dead traditionally begins with Hallowe'en (the Eve of All Hallows) and continues through to Martinmas on the 11th of November. It's the season of Hollantide.