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Category: Home-sitesPublished: 11/2/2022
Hope you are all ready to know a bit more about the Day of the
Dead (Día de Muertos) the Day of The Dead it’s a holy tradition
that starts November 1 st and ends on the 2 nd t of every year.
It’s one of our biggest and most beautiful Mexican Traditions we
have in Mexico and all Latin America, this tradition is all about the
Celebration of Life not the death of our loved ones.
This beautiful tradition started with the Aztecs (eventually merging
it with All Souls Day due the Spanish colonization), and in 2008,
our tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible
Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.
The multi-day celebration involves family and friends getting
together to pay respects and to remember friends and family
members who have died. These celebrations can take a
humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and
anecdotes about our loved ones.
During Día de Muertos or the day of the Dead, the tradition is to
make in your home or schools, offices, restaurants, bars, public
spaces and cemeteries, altars ("ofrendas") containing the favorite
foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of our
family and friends that have pasted away. The intent is to
encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers
and the words of the living directed to them.
This time of year, our cemeteries are full of Altars that they will
over flow with beautiful flowers, photos, food, Tequila, Mezcal,
Atole, Pulque, candy also they will bring our typical bread of Día
de Muertos, toys, music and even Mariachis, you should try to
adventure yourself and pop by a cemetery, it will be a wonderful
experience that you will never forget!
Now it’s typical to see all over this time of year this beautiful
flower called Cempasuchil or Marigold the reason for this flower is
because it has a musky smell, the Aztecs believed, then your
ancestors need the scent to find their way back to you, there will
be other flowers but the Cempasuchil flower dominates the
Also, this time of year you will see all over this Calaveritas (the
skulls are made of sugar or chocolate, they come in all sizes and
as complex as they can get, one thing for sure they are delish!!!....
it’s a must to try, besides the sugar rush you might get, you will
not regret it!!..... also a must try is our Pan or bread of the dead, is
a typical sweet bread (pan dulce), decorated with bones and
skulls made from dough. The bones will be arranged in a circle,
just like the circle of life, tiny dough teardrops symbolize sorrow.
Another thing you will find all over is “El Papel Picado” (Pierced
Paper), I am sure you seen it before, the Papel Picado isn’t used
exclusively during Day of the Dead, but it plays an important role
in the holiday. Draped around altars and in the streets, the art
represents the wind and the fragility of life.
Costumes are a big thing during these 2 days, dressing up as
skeletons is part of the fun. People of all ages have their faces
beautifully painted to resemble skulls, and, mimicking the
calavera Catrina, they don suits and fancy dresses, it’s really
pretty to see all this!.
Countless communities in Mexico celebrate Day of the Dead, but
the styles and customs differ by region, depending on the region’s
predominant pre-Hispanic culture.
So, if by any chance you are in Mexico this time of year, please
explore our vibrant traditions, delish dishes, and everything that
brings this day to Life!
Thank you so much for reading, until next time!
Denise Gonzalez Boisson
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