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halloween

It’s that time of year again! – when the leaves (and the chiles) are changing color, the mornings are cooler, and the days are shorter. But Fall in Mesilla, New Mexico, also means that Halloween, and more importantly, Dia de Los Muertos, is just around the corner.

In Mexico, Halloween, also called Dia de los Brujas (or day of the witches), is celebrated by children throughout the country in much the same way it’s celebrated here in the United States. Kids dress up in costumes and go door to door shouting “queremos Halloween” (we want Halloween) to get treats. Many stores and homes are decorated with skeletons and coffins.  The feeling is generally festive.

But the most important event, and certainly the much bigger holiday, is Dia de los Muertos – or Day of the Dead, which stretches from October 31 to November 2. This is an important holiday in Mexico and is still observed here in the US by the parts of the country originally settled by  those of Mexican descent…..and Mesilla is no exception!

Traditionally, the event marked a day to think about, remember and honor our loved ones who had passed away. Throughout Mexico, people make pilgrimages to cemeteries where they create festive alters at the graves of their family members buried there. Bright, colorful candles are lit with pictures of their relatives and decorations adorning the grave. Often relatives and friends will leave food or beverages that the dead enjoyed while they were alive. Everything from cookies to tamales to even shots of tequila might be found at these alters. It’s not just a day of mourning……it’s a day of remembrance and celebration.

Here on the Mesilla plaza, the town of stages a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Stop by and you’ll hear Mariachi bands and witness alters erected around the plaza – each one honoring a loved one.

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And, of course, here in La Posta you can come by and visit the alter to our loved one, Katy Griggs, who founded this restaurant back in 1939. She’d love to have you stop by and say hello!

We hope you decide to visit Mesilla for this special celebration, and when you do, don’t forget to have a margarita, and raise a glass to someone special! Adios!