While many people will be celebrating Halloween next Friday, others will be celebrating a Mexican holiday that predates is by some 3,000 years. The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1. And nowhere celebrates it in the Twin Cities quite like El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul.
For as long as anyone can remember, Mexican families have been gathering around at Christmas time to make “tamales dulces.” Milissa Silva-Diaz and her mother Maria are keeping the tradition alive at El Burrito Mercado in St Paul. “Tamales go back from the Aztecan, Mayan civilizations,” Milissa said. “And because it’s such a great comfort food and it travels well.”