Mexico Celebrates Halloween For 3 Entire Days!

Halloween is almost here. A spooky-fun night to go out, get dressed up, and indulge in way too much candy! Halloween falls on a Thursday in 2019 so our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant will be open for you to enjoy all of your favorite Mexican food treats. (Maybe a few margaritas too!) 

Here in the United States we only celebrate this holiday officially 1 day of the year (although parties surround the actual date both before and after it.) In Mexico, they stretch the holiday into a 3-day celebration! Halloween is observed on October 31, just like it is here, but the festivities continue through November 2 with Dia de los Muertos. Mexicali Blues has all of the fun facts about Mexico's extended holiday for you in today's blog.  

All Hallow's Eve - Oct 31
Mexico observes Halloween (or All Hallow's Eve) much like we do here in America. Children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy. One small difference is that instead of crying "Trick or Treat" when doors are opened, they instead shout "Queremos Halloween!" (We want Halloween!) 

The name "All Hallow's Eve" is used because the word "hallow" means "saint" and this holiday falls on the eve before the next day we'll be highlighting, All Saints' Day. Fun fact: the word "Hallowe'en" is actually a contraction of Hallow's Evening!

All Saint's Day - Nov. 1
All Saints' Day can also be referred to as the Day of the Innocents and is sometimes also called the Day of the Little Angels. This day is set aside to remember and honor children and infants that have passed away. The next day, the third day of Mexico's festivities, is when all deceased people are honored.   

The Day of the Dead - Nov. 2
Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a day to honor and pray for all friends and family members that have passed away. People in Mexico believe this aids in the spiritual journey of the deceased. Visits to cemeteries are made and private altars are built which contain the favorite things of the person being honored. This is done in the hopes that their souls will be encouraged to visit.   

Rather than a somber time, this remembrance of the dead is a very festive occasion with many festivals and parties surrounding it. A common symbol of this holiday is the skull. People wear masks or paint their faces in elaborate ways to resemble a skull. Sugar or chocolate skulls are made as gifts for both the dead and living. Candied pumpkin is another popular treat and so is pad de Muerto (bread of the dead) which is a type of sweet roll. Mexican cempasuchil, or marigolds, are the traditional flowers used. 

If you find yourself in the mood for the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks this Halloween, or any time before or after the holiday for that matter, head on over to Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach. It's definitely a "treat" you deserve to give yourself, no tricks involved!
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