Día de Muertos


In summer, families in Japan celebrate the holiday of obon, remembering their ancestors and visiting their graves. This month, let’s learn about Mexico’s lively holiday to celebrate the dead: Día de Muertos.

In Spanish, Día de Muertos means, “Day of the Dead.” During this festival, families celebrate their ancestors, who are said to return to Earth as spirits for a short time. Similar to Obon, Mexican families visit the graves of their family members. They bring gifts of food and drinks to put in front of the grave for their ancestors. Some people also bring candles and marigold flowers.
スペイン語の「Día de Muertos」 は「Day of the Dead」という意味です。このお祭りでは、つかの間に霊体として現世によみがえる先祖をお祝いします。お盆と似ていて先祖の墓参りをし、食べ物や飲み物をお墓の前にお供えします。マリーゴールドの花とキャンドルを供える家族もあります。

During this festival, you can also see many skeleton-themed dolls, masks, and food. Day of the Dead skeletons are colorful and lively, and celebrate the connection between the living and the dead.