Everything You Need to Know About Day of the Dead

Halloween is for chumps. You should be celebrating the Day of the Dead, a three-day festival beginning October 1 and ending on November 2. But, what is the Day of the Dead? You could ask the kids you know, since they have undoubtedly seen last year's Pixar movie Coco

What is the Day of the Dead?
It is not Mexican Halloween. Proclaimed an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of deceased loved ones. It was originally an ancient Aztec holiday in honor of the goddess of death. It was later blended into the Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Eve (Halloween), All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2).

Why should you be celebrating the Day of the Dead?
Do you have a deceased loved one? Then you should be celebrating. El Día de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a member of your community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal rest to share celebrations with their loved ones. 

 
How long has the festival celebrated? 
It is thousands of years old. For the past 2,500-3000 years, Day of the Dead has been celebrated by ancient and modern civilizations.



Where is the Day of the Dead celebrated?
The festivals take place in central and south America, and the Catholic world also celebrates in Italy, Spain and the Philippines. 


 
When do the celebrations take place?
The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November.  Since the late 20th century, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has concluded on November 2. 


Why do our loafers feature an sugar skull?
The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls, shown enjoying life. Our loafers are inspired by one of the most iconic images of this festival--the colorful sugar skulls that represent a departed soul. 

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