Every Halloween you buy scary costumes and candy for the kids, but this year why not buy something fun and devilish for the adults too? Don’t get tricked into buying a cheap wine with a kitschy name—give yourself and your friends a treat and buy well-crafted wines with a little bit of history and a real story behind the name. But first, a history lesson (with a treat at the end).
The three-day practice of celebrating Halloween began in 609 AD. Back then it was called All Hallow’s Eve, because it fell on October 31, the evening before All Hallow’s Day (November 1). The third day, November 2, was known as All Soul's Day. In the 1300s, these three days became holy days of obligation in the Catholic Church and town cries dressed in black reminded parishioners to pray for the dead. The devout began the practice of visiting the graves of their loved ones with offerings of food and wine. In many countries this tradition of feeding the dead continues. In France family members pour big bowls of milk, while in Spain, women bake Huesos de Santo or bones of the dead to leave on the graves. In Mexico, November 1 is traditionally the day to remember deceased children and infants and it is called Dia de los Inocentes or Dia de los Angelitos, while November 2 is known as Dia de los Muertos.
On the Day Of The Dead, families visit the cemetery to clean, decorate, and build private altars with photos of their relatives, keepsakes, memorabilia, flowers, and even the favorite foods of the departed as ofrendas. While the offerings are always respectful, Mexican culture allows for a bit of fun when remembering the dead and celebrations often turn into multigenerational family fiestas. Whether you are celebrating on Halloween night or throwing a Day of the Dead party, choose wine with an eerie name that you won’t be scared to drink!
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