Disney Pixar's Coco, an animated film that celebrates this Mexican tradition made sure to depict just how remarkable this holiday truly is.It quickly turned out to be a family favorite as it extended overseas to regions where no one was aware of such a holiday or knew the meaning behind this glorious tradition.Due to its magnitude, most foreigners now come to Mexico to witness just how extraordinary this holiday is and aren't shy to partake in the celebration of life alongside locals.
Halloween and the Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead celebrations may coincide with Halloween, making people believe that it's just a Mexican version of the popular U.S. "trick or treat" celebration. Each holiday shares a few similar aspects such as costumes, face painting, skulls, treats, and snacks as well as graveyards, and anything death-related but there are a few notable differences between both.
The celebration of the Day of the Dead pays respects to loved ones that have passed through various customs. Halloween is a one day holiday, October 31st, unlike the Day of the Dead which takes place on November 1st and 2nd.
Food also plays an important role in both holidays —Mexico crafts special dishes such as Tamales, Pan de Muerto and favorite foods of the late family members— for Halloween, candy plays an important role as well as pumpkin pie.
Here are some important details about this extraordinary celebration: