Dia de los Muertos is Not Your Average Halloween


Tarah Olds, Contributor

It’s the spooky month of October and the one thing on everyone’s mind is Halloween. Typically, we’re accustomed to thinking that everyone around the world celebrates holidays the same way we do, but that is not always the case.

At first glance, the assumption can be made that “Día de los Muertos” is “It’s Halloween” in Spanish, but that’s wrong. Día de los Muertos means “Day of the Dead” and it’s nothing like the typical Halloween. In fact, it is something much different.

Día de los Muertos is a celebration honoring ancestors and deceased loved ones. It is believed that the dead dislike being mourned over, so the living celebrate their deaths instead. They throw parties, eat, and drink, having a fun time in honor of those who have died. On this day, the dead also join in on the festivities as it is believed that they awake from their eternal sleep to celebrate with loved ones (National Geographic).

Two of the most recognizable symbols from this event are the calcas and calaveras, or skeletons and skulls. These are typically seen everywhere during this holiday in things like parade masks and dolls. Skeletons and skulls are almost always used as a way of enjoying life.

So when creepy creeps and haunting ghosts are spotted this season, don’t be afraid. They’re simply trying to find their way to their family’s house to celebrate.