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No, Día de Muertos Is Not Mexican Halloween

24 October 2016

Don’t go putting your foot in it! As that ghoulish time of year approaches, iLL WiLL PrEss enlightens us on the difference between Halloween and Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

They might fall over the same period, but as iLL WiLL PrEss explains, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are quite different.

For a far less entertaining explanation, Diffen – a website which devotes itself to demystifying the misconceptions known to ignite bar fights – dishes the holiday factoids, complete with a comprehensive comparison table:

Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve) is celebrated on October 31 in several countries. It has its roots in pagan celebrations for the end of the harvest season, various festivals of the dead, and the Celtic Samhain festival. Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, also celebrated in parts of Latin America and the U.S., to remember and pray for family and friends who have died. It is on November 1.

So before heading on down to your next ‘halloween’ party, load up on a few fun facts regarding these two holidays and be ‘that person’ who sets the record straight. Everyone loves a know it all, right?

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