Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated all over the world on Nov 1-2 and is held to honor friends and family who have died. Alters are made of sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite food and beverage of the deceased.
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Oakland is home to Corazon Del Pueblo in the Fruitvale district. Corazon Del Pueblo has a shop offering handcrafted Mexican gifts and a museum devoted to Day of the Dead artifacts.
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Similar traditional and inter-cultural updating of Mexican celebrations occur in San Francisco for example, through the Galeria de la Raza, SomArts Cultural Center, Mission Cultural Center, de Young Museum and alters at Garfield Square by the Marigold Project.
Here is a link to a great recipe to make your own Sugar Skulls!