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Celebrating Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin (0)

The Day of the Dead in Mexico, known as Día de los Muertos, is rather deceptively not a one-day celebration, but a two day holiday celebrated every year throughout Mexico during November 1 and November 2. Mexico’s Day of the Dead is primarily a celebration of both life and death, in which locals honor and remember their departed loved ones. The Mexican holiday finds its roots in Mesoamerican culture, in spite of the fact that its popularity is widespread nowadays.

Day of the Dead altars are the center of activity of several museums as well as public spaces. The most noted places to visit are Coyoacan’s Popular Culture Museum and the Diego Rivera Museum. In the southern part of Mexico City, there is a popular celebration in San Andrés Mixquic village. Wherein, families will head to the graves early on September 16 and make a polite request to their loved ones to the Muertos reunion.

Day of the Dead

Making offerings to the deceased

This tradition goes closely connected with the emblematic altar’s construction, in which locals select a variety of offerings to encourage the dead to come back home and hear their loved ones’ prayers. On November 1, relatives offer toys and sweets to the deceased children, while November 2 sees offering for departed adults, such as cigarettes, football shirts and alcohol. Also on November 2, more generic candles as well as well as pan de muerto are being offered.

Eating pan de muerto

A typical tradition during the Day of the Dead in Mexico is pan de muerto’s consumption. Fortunately, pan de muerto is not a bread made of deceased people, it is actually a sweet bread with a healthy coating of sugar.


Holding graveside vigils

Although several locals opt to stay at home on the night of November 1 and November 2’s early hours, graveside vigils are still common in several Mexican communities and are most likely one of the most iconic rituals of the Day of the Dead. One particular spot in which the graveside vigils still exist is in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. On November 2, a number of families take boats, known as butterflies, to Isla de Janitzio, where they commemorate their departed loved-ones in the island’s cemeteries. However, the Day of the Dead seems to be amazing to witness as one of the owners of RI Garage Door Pros is eager to travel to Mexico to witness the celebration.

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