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3 Foods Associated with Day of the Dead

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Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is observed on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and different parts of Latin America. It is a time of remembrance and allows people to honor those who have passed on, and also to symbolically await a visit from their souls.

Since moving to Old Town San Diego, I began the tradition of building an altar at home that honors my father who passed away in 2000. I now invite friends and family to share in the experience, which is quite therapeutic. The mood is festive as we celebrate the memory of loved ones through the sharing of food, drinks, and a story or two of days long past.  

Three foods traditionally associated with Day of the Dead include mole negro, hot chocolate, and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and different variations are staples on altars throughout Mexico. Read below for more on these three dishes and their significance. 

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