Remembering lost loved ones

This weekend, Mexican families will honor the memory of departed loved ones by visiting their grave sites, building traditional Day of the Dead altars or by simply enjoying a cup of hot chocolate with traditional pan de muerto.

Friday, November 1 is traditionally the day to remember angelitos (little angels), children who have passed away. Saturday, November 2 is reserved for older children and adults. The Mexican traditions of Dia de los Muertos are rooted in ancient Indian ceremonies that fused with the Roman Catholic custom of remembering the faithful dead. Those who wish to observe these traditions are welcome to visit local cemeteries and participate in the festivities. It’s a festive day, and no one will think you are intruding. But remember, graveyard visits should be made before their 7 p.m. closing time in Guadalajara.