In the heart of downtown Lake Worth, Florida you’ll find Los Pancho’s Tacos & Tequila Bar. Bringing authentic Mexican cuisine and an endless selection of tequila. Our mission is to bring great food and the atmosphere of Mexican culture to South Florida. Furthermore, our art and ambiance focus specifically on Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
What is Day of the Dead?
Day of the Dead is a two-day holiday where we celebrate our family and friends who have passed away. This holiday is the one time of year where the living and the dead are able to reunite in celebration. To honor our departed family and friends, an ofrenda (offering), or altar is prepared.
You can decorate these altars with bright decorations and the traditional yellow marigold flowers. Placed on the altars are photos of our past loved ones as well as their favorite foods and drinks. These offerings are to encourage visits from our loved ones from the land of the dead.
Day of the Dead originated with the Aztec and Toltec people thousands of years ago. They believed that praying for and mourning lost loved ones was disrespectful to the deceased. Instead of viewing death as something negative and sad, these pre-hispanic cultures view death as a natural phase of life.
After a loved one passes it is believed that they travel to Chicunamictlán, the Land of the Dead. During the Day of the Dead yellow marigolds are scattered across the alters, creating a pathway to guide the spirits. The vibrant colors and scent attract the departed souls, leading them to their family’s offerings.
Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, unlike Halloween which is a common misconception. Parades scour the streets of Mexico and parts of the U.S. with flowers, altars, food, and music. Faces are painted with calaveras, or skulls and finished with a smile to laugh at death itself.
Families make their way to the cemeteries at night, light candles, as well as place flowers on the burial sites of their passed loved ones. However to some, this may seem like a sad task, but the Mexican culture sees it as respect and a celebration of life.
Food of the Dead
One of the many symbols of Day of the Dead is pan de muerto, or bread of the dead. Other popular foods that you may see on the altar are:
- Tortillas De Cempazuchitl
- Sopa Asteca
- Calabaza Tacha
Come Celebrate with Us
If you are in South Florida are and want to experience authentic food, music, as well as great drinks, visit up for Day of the Dead at Los Pancho’s Tacos & Tequila Bar. Bring the family and enjoy a day of fun and celebration in remembrance of loved ones passed.