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All over Texas the traditions of Dia De Los Muertos are rising. You may have noticed tiny, gorgeously decorated sugar skulls and the abundance of decadently colored marigolds of home altars and the quiet reverence of the holiday. The focus on loving on your family, friends and community are hallmarks of the celebration. Is it Halloween? Quite simply no. While the holiday coincides with the American celebration of Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos runs from October 31- November 2. It crosses with the Catholic All Saints Day and All Souls Day that are November 1st and 2nd respectively.
As a former High School Spanish Teacher in Mesquite, whose own children are as diverse as Texas itself, I love that Dia De Los Muertos is about cementing family ties, remembering those that have touched your life, honoring those that are gone and celebrating those that are here now. It’s about keeping the ties that bond us fresh, real and celebrating life in all of its decadent, complex beauty.
Like most holidays, food plays an important role in creating the memory. We always have something warm to drink to welcome guests and to wrap up nights when we need some comfort and cozy. I’m sharing my take on the Spicy Aztec-Inspired Hot Chocolate. It is perfect for an afternoon snack with buttery cookies or as a late night, dressed up as a toddy for adults.