4 Traditions You Need To Know About Day of The Dead in Latin America

We are officially in my favorite season of the year. The gradual change of the color of the leaves is a process that fills my soul with reverence for life. This is also the season where many families in Latin America and in the world celebrate Day of the Dead, an occasion when people remember their loved ones who have died.

4 traditions you need to know about the Day of the Dead in Latin America

From calavera figurines to papel picado banners, Day of the Dead is becoming a well-known celebration. Learn more about the traditions of this popular holiday from different corners of Latin America and let us know your family traditions in the comments.

4 Traditions You Need to Know about Day of the Dead in Latin America

1. Altars in Mexico

In Mexico, many families make an ofrenda (altar) in their homes on a table or shelves to pay tribute to their loved ones who have passed on. This is a collection of treasures, pictures, food, special items and candles to remind the families of their loved ones. Check out all essential components of a Day of the Dead altar and learn how to set up your own.

tissue paper decoration Components of a Day of the Dead Altar | Multicultural Kid Blogs

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2.  Kites in Guatemala

During Day of the Dead, Guatemala celebrates life through the tradition of building and flying giant kites called “barriletes gigantes.” They are flown above grave yards to honor the dead and at the end when the kites have been torn by the wind they are burned, so the smoke guides the dead back up to heaven.


3. Traditional Food in Ecuador

Day of the Dead festivities in Ecuador find their roots in the Inca civilization who had a tremendous devotion to their dead. That spirit of respect and remembrance is felt on the first two days of November and centers on family time and guaguas de pan, sweet breads shaped into baby-like figures. The Quechua word “guagua” means baby, and if you look carefully, these traditional breads resemble babies swaddled in a blanket. Learn how to make guaguas de pan here.

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4. Music in Bolivia

In Bolivia, music takes an important role during the Day of the Dead celebrations. Along with prayer, music is the way to make sure the spirits can be back to the living world and have a happy visit. In the cemeteries, it’s common to see guitarists and bands playing folk music in appreciation of the dead and their legacy.

Day of the Dead series | Multicultural Kid Blogs
Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting another blog hop for Day of the Dead! (Don’t miss our series from last year, 2017, and 2016!) Be sure to visit all the posts below for great ideas on sharing Day of the Dead with kids:

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Linda is a mom of three, a bilingual writer and a Latino advocate. Her site, HispanicMama.com, serves as a platform for Latina moms (and Latinas at heart) raising bilingual and bicultural children while trying to preserve their heritage and language. You can connect with Linda on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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