Travelers who find themselves on European soil on November second should understand how the Day of the Dead is celebrated in Europe. The Day of the Dead is a holiday to remember and pray for relatives or close friends who have passed away. Festivals, feasts and parties are often thrown in honor of the dead. Although the Day of the Dead celebrations originated in Mexico, Europe has adopted several of the festivities in its own major cities.
- Bring candles and masks to Prague. Prague's Day of the Dead celebrations often last three days. A large feast is prepared with candy skulls and sweet bread. Everyone lights candles and wears masks while they celebrate.
- Watch Don Juan Tenorio in Spain. This traditional play is performed annually on the Day of the Dead. Those in Spain will give offerings in honor of the dead and they will visit graveyards to spend time in prayer.
- Carry holy water and libations of milk in Brittany. Locals will pour these substances on grave sites at midnight. Full dinner plates are then left on their tables when locals go to bed in the hopes of feeding departed souls during the night.
- Bake a cake in Tyrol. These cakes are not for feasting, but an offering for the dead. Leave these treats out and keep your living quarters well heated to create a welcoming environment for passing spirits.
- Tour the graveyards of Germany by candlelight. Germans spend the evening of the Day of The Dead walking through graveyards with a candle while saying prayers for family and loved ones who have passed on.
What Others Are Reading Right Now.
Acting, comedy and strong spirits converge in Speakeasy. When host Paul F. Tompkins interviews entertainers—Key and Peele, Alison Brie, Rob Delaney, Zach Galifianakis—about all sor …
21 Hairstyles Women Love
Female experts reveal the ’dos that drive them wild.
25 Enlightening Quotes About Being a Gentleman
What’s your definition of a perfect gent? LL Cool J, Lea Michele, Andy Samberg and friends weigh in.