Dia de los Muertos: A Su Manera #ViveCultura Giveaway

This question was posed to me recently: How do you share your culture with your children? I tried my best to come up with an eloquent, meaningful response but the answer was simple.

I don't have to share my culture with my children, we just live it. We breathe it in, we listen to it, we smell it, we touch it, we see it and we taste it.

It's life.

I thought of what my culture meant to me as a child. I was confused, always searching for a true reflection. Aside from my family and the vast network of aunts, uncles and cousins, I didn't know anyone else like me. In my small rural community dotted with orange groves and horse trails, there were white people and there were Mexicans. The Mexicans had dark skin, worked at the local dairy and they spoke no English. I wasn't white--that, at least, I knew. But by the same token, I knew I wasn't Mexican either. Mexican-American, yes. Our skin was brown and we ate Mexican food and my grandparents spoke Spanish but it wasn't the same. This put me in this weird gray area--neither here nor there. Just floating somewhere in the middle.

I'd like to think that my children are nowhere near floating somewhere in the middle.

They are confident in their culture. There is no confusion and doubt like there was for me. They are blessed because they can embrace where they came from and how we live on a daily basis.

My mother didn't know about Dia de los Muertos and it wasn't until I was in college that I grew some understanding. The idea of honoring the dead who have passed before you, making it a beautiful, colorful day where people can share their artistry appealed to me. I knew it was something I'd want to expose the chil'rens to, and so ever since they can remember we have made November 2nd a special day. It's bittersweet, too. We practice honoring the dead in theory, since we have yet to experience the loss of a loved one who is very close to us. I'm sure whenever that happens, Dia de los Muertos will take on a whole new meaning to them.

I recently had the chance to visit Nestlé HQ to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, "A Su Manera" with a select group of Latina bloggers, such as Presley's Pantry, Spanglish Baby, Mami Talks, Unknown Mami, Nibbles and Feasts and The Crafty Chica. I was excited to be in such amazing company. We all had a chance to share what our culture meant to us--the importance of family, food, and the language.

Each table was decorated with elements of Dia de los Muertos and my absolute FAVE coffee: NESCAFÉ® Café de Olla.

As we shared our stories, the tears flowed. We all shared a common thread: a love for our culture and its diversity.

 Nicole from Presley's Pantry was a good sport and volunteered to have her face painted as a calaca.

I was sooo excited to discover a carafe of NESTLÉ® ABUELITA hot chocolate for us to enjoy throughout the entire event. One deep inhale from my cup and the lovely scent just took me back to when I was ten years old and my Nana used to make Abuelita for us before we went to school.
There were beautiful papel picado pieces on display, created by mypapelpicado.com.

We were able to create our own papel picado banners. Working with the delicate tissue paper gave me a whole new appreciation for this art!

This chocolate pecan pie was made with Abuelita chocolate! Swoon.

I love to hang out with this lovely lady every chance I get. She was definitely one of the perks of the day.

Here is a short clip of us getting into the creative spirit of papel picado (special appearance by the Crafty Chica herself!):

Nescafé will be a sponsor at the Dia de los Muertos event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery this year and I am soooo excited--you have no idea! I cannot wait to go and take in all of the sights and sounds.


  1. I am not hispanic and don't live in an area with many hispanic people, but I have fallen in love with Dia de los Muretos. I have lost loved ones and the act of celebrating their life instead of mourning their death is something I wish more people could get behind. Plus I adore the beautiful and colorful sugar skulls.

    1. You didn't leave me your email, doll!

    2. kelsey_zylstra@yahoo.com Sorry!

  2. That looks like an amazing event and I see some of my fave bloggers!<3 Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and love to me. We have gone to Noche de Altares in Santa Ana for the past few years and I always see the pride in the families that have made altars to pay homage to their loved ones that have passed on.


    1. Your evil plan worked! Hehehehehhe Congrats, mama!

  3. Hi Pearmama! Similar to you, I really learned about Dia de los Muertos in college! And I fell in love with the traditions, images, and customs that go along with the celebration. I love the idea of celebrating the lives of loved ones that have passed away, rather than mourning them. And also, sugar skulls are the business. :-) Maybe I'll see you Saturday at Hollywood Forever! I've never been before but I am REALLY looking forward to it! :-D

    1. Congratulations, Jenna!

    2. ohemgeeeeee! Thanks Pearmama! :-D

  4. I have grown up honoring my loved ones who have passed by celebrating the Dia de los Muertos. I was born in Mexico and came as a child. Not having much family here, and especially missing out on my loved one's lives and deaths in another country has always left me really sad and empty. Having the Dia de los Muertos was always a special way for me to pay tribute to the ones I lose year to year. Planning and setting up for our family altar is always a big family event. It's very healing and a time when we talk about how our love ones were in life. I am a mother now, and I continue this tradition with my own children. I love how we can talk about those we lost and still feel so close to them...especially during this day.


  5. Luisa Roberts8:25 AM

    I believe my story is similar to yours. I grew up just on the outside of being white or brown. Maybe I should start a light tan movement? My birthday is the day before Dia de lost Muertos so it has always held some interest to me. My grandparents were also born at this time of year, so it makes it easy to remember. I'll be telling my kids (3 boys and 1 girl) some special stories that I remember.

  6. I love that we celebrate and honor the memories of our loved ones on Dia de los Muertos.

  7. I didn't grow up with the tradition of celebrating Dia de los Muertos. As soon as I was old enough to understand what it meant, I began celebrating it as well. I love the colors, the altares, the creativity, and most of all what it means to all families. Thanks for sharing this! Good luck everyone!

  8. Anonymous9:58 PM

    I think of all the years living in East L.A, celebrating Dia de los Muertos as Self Help Graphics. Love it, S.S.S amparocchi@gmail.com

  9. Anonymous10:13 PM

    Hiii, I didn't grow up celebrating this day but once I met my partner, I grew to love it. I love Abuelita hot chocolate too! mariselagomez77@yahoo.com

  10. Hopefully... I'm still in time to WIN! hehe. I love celebrating with family members the memory of my loved ones w/o too much sadness..just joy.


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