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Dia De Los Muertos, or Dia De Muertos, is a holiday steeped in tradition. Also known as Day of the Dead, Dia De Los Muertos is a two-day holiday, Nov 1-2, in which families take time to remember their deceased loved ones. The two-day celebration is divided into separate days to honor deceased youth, Dia de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) on Nov. 1, and adults for Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2.
Families gather to celebrate those who have died as well as build altars in their homes, schools or other public places to pay homage to the deceased. Many honor the dead with gifts of sugar skulls, chocolate, marigolds (the Mexican flower of death), sweetbreads and trinkets. Families also typically visit graves to deliver the ofrendas, or “offerings,” and hold vigils with candles and photos.
Fun Fact: Ofrendas are the “altars” built to honor beloved family members who have passed on. Ofrendas are filled with photos of the family members as well as plates of their favorite foods and sentimental objects that were important to them.
Fun Fact: Each city, community, and village in Mexico celebrate Dia de los Muertos differently. Even though the core meaning and values remain the same, the celebrations can vary widely between different areas in Mexico.
In Disney•Pixar's new animated film COCO Dia De Los Muertos is brought to life as we follow Miguel on an extraordinary journey through the stunning & colorful land of the dead to unlock the real story behind his family history. COCO was inspired by the deep roots and traditions in Mexico that center around the Dia de los Muertos holiday. Dia de los Muertos is about family, traditions, and remembering those that have paved the way for us to be who we are.
Fun Fact: The team that worked on COCO spent over 3 years visiting Mexicos' many markets, plazas, workshops, churches, haciendas, and cemeteries, soaking in the culture, true meaning and significance of Dia de los Muertos.
The Animators felt an enormous responsibility to be as authentic as possible. They knew they would feature the rich colors and textures that they saw everywhere.
"Mexico is a designers dream"
Fun Fact: Marigold petals are used to guide the deceased family members back to the land of the living for the Dia de los Muertos celebration with their living family. Dia de los Muertos is not a day for grieving, but instead a time for celebrating family and the connection with those family members who have passed on.
About Disney•Pixar’s COCO:
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.