If you’re wondering exactly the difference between the Day of the Dead and Halloween – you are not alone! 

Celebrating the Mexican Holiday Dia de Muertos with “sugar skull” makeup.

If you’re wondering exactly the difference between the Day of the Dead and Halloween – you are not alone! 

I was younger, I heard that day of the dead is for ghosts to come out from their graves and haunt those still living. Creepy! While that’s not entirely accurate, it goes to show the misconception some cultures have about the Mexican holiday El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Halloween (October 31st) is simple compared to Day of the Dead (November, 2nd) dress up as your favorite character and take the kids tricker-treating. The roots of Halloween began 2,000 years ago as a pagan Celtic festival commemorating those who have passed. 

Both events are held in autumn, to signify the “death” of the year and create an analogy between the cold winter months ahead before the spring and new life!  

Celebrating Halloween by trick or treating in costume! 

El Dia de Muertos is a Mexican festival acknowledging and celebrating those who are no longer with us. Alters are created for loved ones with their photographs, their favorite foods, and drinks, flowers, and candles. It’s believed that on El Dia de Muertos, the spirits of the dead visit the alters and are present with their loved ones who are still alive! Contrary to popular belief, it’s a huge celebration and happy time when families get together and remember the life of the passed loved ones. 

Flora Farms in San Jose del Cabo has a great altar competition each year for Dia de Muertos, it’s definitely work checking out, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time. 

There are very few Halloween events in Cabo this year, but head to the main square in either San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas to see people in costume walking about! 

Amelia Hemsley

+1.360.316.9062
amelia@theagencyloscabos.com

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