Best Day of the Dead Products
Dia de los Muertos Items to Bring Into Your Home
Trick-or-treaters, costumes and scary movies are synonymous with Halloween. And while sugar skull iconography has made its way into the mainstream, the Day of the Dead carries a more spiritual than spooky significance.
Dia de los Muertos (translation: Day of the Dead) is a tradition celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of South America, where the dead are honored with private altars decorated with offerings (ofrendas) — a collection of objects that include photos of the deceased, their preferred food and drink and Aztec marigolds, the color and scent of which are believed to guide the dead back to the world of the living. Dia de los Muertos is indeed a day dedicated to the dead, so part of the tradition is to visit the graves of relatives, bringing some of their possessions and lighting a candle to help guide their souls back.
The holiday, which hails from the Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors, begins on October 31 and runs through November 1, "el Dia de los innocentes" or the day of the children and All Saints Day, as well as November 2, All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. Perhaps the most well-known aspect of this increasingly popular holiday is the skeletal makeup. Although it may seem morbid, it's actually meant to make the idea of death less scary; as such, the skeletal look is embraced and even made fashionable and sometimes downright wacky.
With that in mind, GAYOT's list of the Best Day of the Dead Products features items that you can incorporate into your Day of the Dead celebrations to make it feel more authentic and serve as a friendly reminder that one day, we too will join the dearly departed.