It’s that time of year again albeit different than past celebrations. Dia de los Muertos celebrates the life and death of loved ones each year from October 31 – November 2.
Traditional Mexican Recipes:
Altars, or ofrendas, are created to remember loved ones and serve as an invitation to welcome their spirits back during this time period. And, in Mexico, the celebration includes traditional foods like Pan de Muertos, so let’s begin with this recipe from Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
Oaxaca-Style Pan de Muertos (Dead Bread)
4 ½ C Flour
6 Tbsp. Sugar
½ C Butter, Melted
2 ½ tsp. Anise
½ C Warm water
1/3 C Yeast
2 ½ tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Egg yolk
Preheat the oven to 375 °F.
Dissolve yeast in warm water; then add the flour and sugar.
Knead well and add the butter, salt, eggs and anise.
Mix and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Knead to remove the air and give it the shape.
Grease a baking dish and place the dough on the tray.
Varnish with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle aniseed grains on top. Bake for 40 minutes.
Dia de los Muertos Virtual Backgrounds – find them here.
What if I’m staying at a Velas Resort during Dia de los Muertos?
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is offering activities for kids where they can create their own mask with foam and decorate it with glitter and other materials. Or – they can have their face painted like a Catrina, zombie, witch, ghost, mummy, or another character.
And, on October 31st, kids can pick out a costume from the resort’s Kids’ Club for an on property trick-or-treat adventure.
If you’re staying at Grand Velas Los Cabos, you can enjoy a Dia de los Muertos-inspired dinner with specialty Mexican dishes at the resort’s Frida restaurant. And resort staff members will also be able to celebrate by having their face painted like a Catrina as well.