Mexican Celebration: Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” is a Mexican tradition that honours our late beloved ones. It takes place on November the 2nd. Despite being a dark theme, this holiday is celebrated cheerfully! Instead of feeling fearful or sad, the mood on the Day of the Dead is much more relaxed, similar to Halloween, with a greater emphasis on celebration, but honouring the lives of the deceased.
The popular belief is that the souls of loved ones who have already left return from the afterlife during the Day of the Dead. Although it is believed that they come and go frequently between worlds. To pay homage to them they are greeted with an offering where their favourite food and drink, fruit, sugar skulls are placed and, if applicable, toys for children. Objects that the deceased enjoyed in life as music instruments or books are also laid.
Something that cannot be missed in every dinner and offering is the delicious bread of the dead. There are different styles and shapes. The most popular is round, topped with white sugar with pieces of bread that simulate little bones. Most family and communal ofrendas (offerings for the beloved deceased) include at least one loaf left for the enjoyment of visiting souls.
Our hands on cooking classes are set in a large communal teaching kitchen, which is similar to a home kitchen, just bigger! You will learn shoulder to shoulder from the instructor along with the other guests. After you learn to make the meal, everyone will sit together and enjoy the meal family style. In all of our classes, other than Knife Skills, you are welcome to bring your own beverages.
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