Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday. It’s celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.
The Puya chile is similar to the Guajillo, but smaller and hotter. It is often used more for its fruity flavor, rather than its flesh, which means it is great pureed, mashed or diced, and then made into a sauce. It may be soaked in water to pull out the flavor, and then the water can be used in your dish. The Puya may be used as a pizza topping, or with meat dishes, such as pork, veal, fish and chicken.
Puya Chile Salsa recipe:
5 dried Puya chiles
3 cups diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice
Salt to Taste Directions
Place chiles in boiling water; blanch 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Drain; cool slightly. Discard stems and seeds.
Process all ingredients in food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. This Salsa is great for tacos.
Did You Know . . .
That Cinco De Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day?
Mexican Independence Day is actually Dieciseis De Septiembre (September 16th)
What is Cinco De Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo
|Cinco de Mayo|
|Battle of Puebla|
|Observed by||Mexicans, US Americans, mixed nationality|
|Date||May 5, 1862|
|Observances||Celebration in Mexico, the United States of Mexican-American culture and experiences.Food, music, folkloric dancing|
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5th. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.