The Day of the Dead (in Spanish, Día de Muertos) is Mexican Holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere.

Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors has been observed for as long as 2,500–3,000 years! The multi-day holiday, October 31-November 2 focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives.

The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, (flowers of the dead); muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.

In many American communities with Mexican residents, Day of the Dead celebrations are very similar to those held in Mexico.

La Mesa is pleased to host a Special Tequila Tasting Dinner on Thursday November 1 from 6p-8p at the Bellevue location. You’ll learn a little about the history behind Dias de los Muertos,(Day of the Dead) while experiencing 5 brands of premium tequilas from the Highlands of Jalisco Mexico. The event includes a special five-course dinner! For more information or to make a reservation please call 402-733-8754. Seating is Limited.