“The Day of the Dead” or “All Soul’s Day”
El Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for friends and family who have passed away. The celebration on November 1 is in connection with the Catholic All Saints’ Day and November 2 All Souls’ Day. Traditionally private altars honoring the deceased are built using skulls, flowers, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. These altars are taken to graves as gifts or displayed in homes.
Over the years we have lived in Cabo San Lucas, our property management staff have celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin carving contest and El Dia de los Muertos with altars built and brought to the office for display. Our employees always amaze me with their creativity. For some it was the first time they had ever carved a pumpkin and all were festive. For me, it was my first glance at the beautiful way they honor family and friends who have passed on. Through our years together in Cabo I believe we have learned more about each other and shared in special celebrations.