How do you celebrate the Day of the Dead in the U.S. with your family? Here we are going to describe what customs exist in some Latin American countries. Infinity cares about all of the diverse cultures represented by our policyholders. We appreciate the opportunity to engage with and learn more about Latino culture within the United States. Let’s explore what these cultures look like within Latin America on this special holiday.   


In rural towns the traditional celebrations have been conserved, but in the big cities there is a more modern focus. Generally Mexicans decorate cemeteries and, at home, make something commemorative for the deceased. Some iconic foods for this day are sweet bread (popularly called death bread) and skulls made of sugar. 


Popular Guatemalan belief is that souls leave their graves and appear in places where they are being grieved on the Day of the Dead. A small altar with a glass of water, photographs and a candle is a typical household adornment. The signature symbol is a yellow flower that only flourishes during this time. Guatemalans also have family reunions with a grand banquet. 


It is believed that souls return to the places where there are altars for them. It is customary to decorate with the deceased's preferred foods. The day after the dinner, people go to the cemetery and leave flowers. In urban areas, Peruvians reunite on the 2nd of November to remember the deceased and to drink a delicious coffee. 


There are no festivals or rituals. It is a more personal celebration that has already lost a little of its tradition. It is customary to clean the graveyards and bring flowers. 

El Salvador

It is celebrated only on November 2nd. The holiday is different from other countries because Day of the Dead is celebrated with big parties to remember the deceased. It’s more of a day to celebrate the lives of those that are still living. 


Day of the Dead is a very significant and cultural day which entails more than offers, altars and homage. There is a feast at night in all cemeteries, and families spend the night sleeping at the side of their deceased family members. 

Honduras, Costa Rica and Columbia

It is customary to carry offers to graves and then to celebrate a commemorative mass in memory of the deceased. 


Day of the Dead is celebrated with a large party and lavish food. Ecuadorians make bread in the form of children and drink a purple beverage with a corn base called purple wash. Some indigenous people prepare a deceased person’s favorite food and eat with their relatives at the side of their graves.