Local bakeries prepare for Dia de los Muertos

Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos

SAN ANTONIO-- Many in the Mexican culture will come together to celebrate Dia de los Muertos or All Saints Day.

Not to get confused with Halloween, Tuesday is a day to honor those who have passed on.

Painted faces, sugar skulls and colorful alters is what we've come to identify with the holiday.

"It's just something to add to the color and vibrancy to the holiday. The holiday is not meant to be sad or depressing," owner of Panifico Bake Shop Edna Miggins said.

Every year on the Nov. 1 and 2, Mexicans set up altars with photographs of the dead, as well as their favorite foods.

Some local bakeries like, Panifico Bake Shop, is busy this time of year making Pan de Muerto or Dead Bread.

"The Pan de Muerto has a long history that is very strong in Mexico. It's celebrated along with the day of the dead or Dia de los Muertos,” Miggins said.

This is not just your everyday bread. Even the recipe has deep roots.

"There is a difference in the recipe," Miggins said. “It has a little bit more milk to make it more moist and it also has an orange essence."

You'll also notice a difference in shape.

“Traditionally the Pan de Muerto is round and it has these little figures on top. For example, the ball in the middle represents the tear that one sheds when the loved one has passed away, and then the ones on the side are the bones of the deceased," Miggins said.

Figurine shaped bread have also evolved out of the tradition in more recent years. Allowing families to give their bread a likeness to the loved one lost.

"We even had somebody come in and ask us to do a little dog," Miggins said.

Panifico Bake Shop will take close to 300 orders for their Pan De Muerto this week. Most of the bread will end up on altars as an offering for loved ones.

"I'm glad that this holiday and this tradition is getting stronger and people are really taking a great notice of it," Miggins said.

(© 2016 KENS)


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