Dia de los Muertos at the Monticello Library
Stop by the Monticello Library and enjoy our Dia de los Muertos display. Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. But it's not a sad holiday. It's full of joy! People believe that on Dia de los Muertos the spirits of the dead return and visit with family members and friends who are still alive. People prepare their homes for Dia de los Muertos by setting up altars to welcome the dead home. Photos of the person are placed on the altars with flowers, candles, food and favorite objects of their loved one. Skeletons are everywhere during Dia de los Muertos and they are always having fun! They are laughing and dancing. The celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2 in connection with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. In most regions of Mexico, Nov. 1 honors children and infants, Dia de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents") and also Dia de los Angelitos, ("Day of the Little Angels"), and Nov. 2 honors adults with Dia de los Muertos.