November 2, 2007

All Souls Day

Yum pan de muerto, or "bread of the dead," marked All Saints and All Souls days, collectively called Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Panaderías, Mexican bakeries, and tortillerias, tortilla factories, had Day of the Dead foods on hand for you....

The Catholic All Saints Day was Nov. 1 and remembers saints and children, while All Souls Day, Nov. 2, remembers adults who have died. The Catholic Spanish conquerors of Mexico merged these holidays with the Aztecs' elaborate Day of the Dead ceremonies and feast day for the dead that had been going on for centuries.

Now, Day of the Dead is observed, in part, by taking a "feast" or ofrenda (offering) to the graves of loved ones.

One of those feast foods is pan de muerto, usually formed in the shape of a skull or as round loaf with strips of dough attached to resemble bones.

Other Day of the Dead foods include calaveritas de azucar, or sugar skulls.

1 comment:

  1. This is almost too creepy to eat. Almost.


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