This is the first year that The Remembering Day/El día de los muertos is available to families and those who work with children. I hope this origin myth is a helpful way to create the tradition of remembering and honoring the family and friends who are no longer with us.
Cultural humor can at times be hard to understand. El día de los muertos which can include the Mexican humor of laughing at death has produced and produces a rich array of folk art including a special Day of the Dead bread. Many books have been written about the tradition of visiting graveyards in traditional parts of Mexico and about humorous skull art.
I am again grateful to Texas librarian Sandra Rosales and her colleagues who created this tribute, in Spanish an altar, in honor of my parents.