School of Modern Languages

Back to SBCC

Recent Events

Day of the Dead - Dia De Los Muertos

A traditional Day of the Dead is a celebration in Mexico to honor the dead. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico. This event happens on November 1st and 2nd. November 1st, the Day of the Dead is the day of the little dead. It is also called All Saints Day. The holiday continues onto November 2nd, All Souls Day.  Each Mexican family plans it's own altars. For example, they buy flowers and make their own altars. They are filled with decorations of paper flowers, candles, real flowers and other objects to attract and entertain the spirits. Usually people celebrate this day in their own houses. People who participate are the dead and their families.When celebrating this event people make altars full of food for the dead such as pan de muerto ( a type of sweet roll traditionally baked in the of a skull) and all the food the person who died loved as well as drinks. There are also sand figures, candles, yellow marigolds, and the most important a photo of the departed soul is placed in the altar. In addition, at the end of the offerings each family gathers at cemeteries and prays for their dead loves ones.



Day of the Dead Altar

Altar dedicated to native American leaders

Back to topBack to top

721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394    Main Campus Phone: 805.965.0581    © 2018 Santa Barbara City College