There isn't one definition or way of observing Day of the Dead; it all depends on where you're from (what state in Mexico or even country), but I can say that some symbols and traditions run through all festivities.
Take, for example, skulls and skeletons. If there is one thing everyone probably knows about Día de los Muertos, it is that these two symbols are a big part of the day, specifically sugar skulls or "calaveritas de azúcar." If you've ever attended a Día de los Muertos event or seen an ofrenda (or altar), then you might have come across a white molded skull with a person's name written on its forehead and a series of sweets and ribbons decorating the rest. And while now you might be picturing yourself eating a delicious treat, these are not sweets you'd eat in Mexico.
There's meaning behind these molds and why they're made out of sugar. It all dates back to the Spanish conquest. While a tradition of honoring the dead already existed in Mexico at the time, the Spaniards brought about new learnings and customs and with that the idea of molding decorations from ingredients easily available. Sugar was accessible to Mexicans at the time, even those with little money, so it was a natural choice. Once they learned that they could make these skull molds with the ingredient and water (that's all it really is), the idea of the sugar skull evolved and grew to be an important symbol of the day.
Today, many different versions of the sugar skull exist. There are not only different sizes, but also coffins and skulls made out of chocolate and almonds (those you can eat!). But the meaning behind the calaverita remains the same.
In a bind, and need something quick for dinner🤯😱
Try these Jalapeno Pinto Bean Tacos 🌮
They take less than 15 min to make ⏰ create a complete plant protein, and are packed with flavor and nutrients!
-1 can pinto beans
-1/4 red onion
-corn tortillas (I used @sietefoods almond flour tortillas)
Place can of pinto beans in a small pot over low heat. Then, finely dice up the jalapeno and red onion. Place jalapenos in the beans and bump heat up to medium. Simmer beans and jalapeno for 8 to 10 min.
After beans start to mush, turn off heat and assemble taco. Heat shell, place beans down, top with lettuce, onion, salsa, and avocado🥑