Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on a Budget

Posted on 11/01/2011

While Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, seems like a scary holiday, it’s actually a celebration of life. Marked by bright colors, flowers and artistically designed skulls, Day of the Dead comes at the beginning of November each year. Celebrate it in style and on a budget with these tips.

Take Part in Community Celebration Communities all over the country are marking the Day of the Dead with fun activities, parades and festivals. Take part in one of these free events including the Dia de Los Muertos art exhibition in Chandler, Arizona or the Atlanta Day of the Dead festival on Sunday November 6.

Create Your Own Day of the Dead Alter
According to experts Day of the Dead alters are typically constructed on November 1. Based on holiday tradition, souls of the deceased can then visit on November 2. Create your own Day of the Dead alter with cardboard boxes, table cloths, candles and photos of loved ones who have passed on. Get some pointers from ExploreandgoMexico.com.

Make Mexican Sugar Skulls
Sugar skulls are considered traditional folk art and an icon of Day of the Dead. These may not be readily available to purchase in your community, but here’s a recipe from Mexicansugarskull.com to help you make your own. Have a decorating party and offer guests a rainbow of icing colors to customize their sweet sculptures.

Listen to Free Mexican Music
Make your Day of the Dead festivities livelier with Mexican music. Score it for free at Last.fm or ez-tracks.com.

Whip up Pan de Muertos
Another tradition of Dia de los Muertos is Mexican Bread of the Dead. According to Allrecipes.com it’s molded into shapes like angels and animals. Most of the ingredients may already be stocked in your pantry so get cooking and celebrate life on Dia de los Muertos.

By Alison Storm

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