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Milford Business Owner Honors Her Mother during Dia de los Muertos

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MILFORD, Del.- Family is important in the Mexican community and that is why many honor their loved ones who have passed away during the two-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that kicks off on Nov. 1 and continues until Nov. 2. Nov. 1, known as Dia de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angles), is meant to honor children and infants who have passed away. The second day of this celebration is referred to as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as it is meant to honor any adult who has died.

People built altars outside or inside their households as a form to honor and celebrate their loved ones. These altars are filled with traditional Mexican dishes, fresh fruit, candy, drinks that the deceased once enjoyed.

Business owner, Guadalupe Garcia, decided this year to honor her mother right outside her restaurant, Bibi’s in Milford

“Everything is in her honor, some people may not understand it but it’s our tradition," said Garcia.

Garcia explains that in the Mexican culture it is believed that the dead come back to visit and for that reason, many make sure to place their loved ones’ favorite food and drinks.

And while food plays a key factor in this tradition, candles and makeup are also key elements in honoring this holiday.

Candles are placed around alters to bring light to their loved ones, says Javier Garcia, manager of El Gigante Supermarket.

Makeup artist Vanessa Torres is an expert at recreating the catrina or skull look to help those celebrating El Dia de los Muertos.

"We use glitter, vibrant colors mixed with black," says Torres. 

Guadalupe Garcia hopes to continue celebrating this tradition despite not living in her home country every year. She plans to keep the alter honoring her mother until Monday, Nov. 3.

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