By Rosy Cordero | 10/31/2013 - 15:35
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Latin American holiday where family members honor the souls of their departed loved ones. One of the oldest celebrations began in Mexico during the pre-Columbian era commencing on October 31st and ending on November 2nd. Latina.com was invited to attend a special Dia de los Muertos celebration at Nestle Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA recently to learn about the traditions, food, and meaning behind the holiday that today has been embraced by countries all over the world including the United States.
If you noticed people with their faces painted like skeletons during Halloween, La Calavera Catrina - an icon of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration - inspired them. Both skeletons and flowers are symbolic to the tradition and are featured in decorations, masks, and even food.
During our time at Nestle, we learned how to create two necessary elements needed for even the most basic celebration. DIY pro Kathy Cano-Murillo of CraftyChica.com taught us how to make photo frames, which will feature photos of our dearly departed loved ones on an altar. To make your own at home, follow her easy-to-follow tutorial via this link.
After wrapping up our glittery projects, we moved into their test kitchen where we made this delicious sweet bread called, Pan de los Muertos. The recipe was so easy to make that you’ll want to make it more than once a year. The best part about making the loaf is that you don’t even need a mixer! See the easy recipe below: