What is Day of the Dead?
The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a colorful tradition with a long history in Mexican culture. It is celebrated from October 31-November 2, with the 31st being Halloween, the 1st being “el Dia de los innocentes” or the Day of the Children, and the 2nd being All Souls Day, or Day of the Dead. During the Days of the Dead, some believe that the souls of the departed visit earth to provide council and give advice to family members and loved ones.
In Mexico, graveyards are often publicly owned or managed by local churches. During Dia de los Muertos, family members and friends have a tradition of visiting gravesites to pull weeds, clean up debris, and decorate the graves of their loved ones. They often leave offerings like candles, flowers, and favorite foods of the deceased. They also visit, eat, sing, and tell stories of those who have passed on.
Graveyards in the United States aren’t run the same way, so the tradition has been adapted. Many set up altars in their homes decorated with flowers, candles, ceramic skulls, and photos of loved ones who have passed away.
Day of the Dead at Shop LC
Shop LC boasts a very diverse staff here. We value not only the diversity of our team but also the inclusivity of other cultures and traditions. As a result, it is important to foster an accepting environment where we can learn from each other.
To celebrate Dia de los Muertos and honor the deceased loved ones of our team, the Shop LC Associate Senate set up two altars in both of the buildings on our campus. The Shop LC Associate Senate creates experiences for our teams to enjoy throughout the year. Our team members can leave photos of their loved ones, and offerings, such as food and flowers.
Dia de los Muertos is an important tradition in Mexican culture. This is why we’re pleased to honor the cultures of all of those who make up our workforce. This vibrant custom is a beautiful way to recognize the loved ones we’ve lost and to celebrate life itself.
Do you have a special way to remember your loved ones? Share with us in the comments below!