28/08/2017Day of death ** Millennial Tradition **


The celebration of the Day of the Dead is one of the oldest and most representative traditions of Mexico.

Currently, many families keep this custom alive depending on each state and, although it is a day that is celebrated throughout the country, each of the 32 states has a distinctive for that festival.

... And it is that, a party where the living meet the dead, offering them a real feast of smells, colors, flavors and music, in order that those who follow us on the earthly plane do not forget that death is only a transition to the eternal, while the dead "return" to live with their friends and family.



The Day of the Dead cult is an ancestral legacy that can be seen in the different pre-Hispanic cultures that inhabited the territory.

Its origins predate the arrival of the Spaniards, who had a unitary conception of the soul, a conception that prevented them from understanding that the Indians attributed to each individual several soul entities and that each of them had a different destiny when they died.



In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated on October 31, November 1 and 2.

In fact, the festivities begin on October 28, which is when you remember people who died in an accident; October 30 are reminded of babies who died before being baptized; children under 12 are celebrated on 31 October; November 1 is All Saints' Day and reminds those who died of natural causes or diseases; and on November 2, after 12 a.m.-according to the beliefs, when the souls of the deceased leave, the offerings are collected and the altars are erected.

It is also believed that the souls of the children return from visit on November 1, and that the souls of adults return on day 2.



While it is true that for Mexicans it is a unique date where we combine gastronomy, music, the importance of the family and our culture in general, it is also a date that characterizes us in the eyes of the world. Our Day of the Dead is known on all continents, causing sensation and strangeness for the way we remember and celebrate our loved ones who have left the earthly plane.

The most interesting thing is that this date does not refer to an absence, but to a living presence that has transcended to eternity; death is a metaphor of life that materializes on the altar offered: those who today offer their dead will in future be invited to the feast.

Also, the Day of the Dead is also considered a celebration of memory, a ritual that privileges the memory of oblivion.

The Day of the Dead is recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage, emphasizing the importance of its meaning as it is a traditional expression - contemporaneous and living at the same time - integrative, representative and community.

In general, this feast includes practices such as decorating tombs in cemeteries and dedicating altars (in homes or on tombstones) that include various elements to lead the souls back to the world of the living.

It is said that the bright color of the flowers of cempasúchil represents the way that the dead must follow; the candle light and warmth illuminates them and accompanies them through the darkness of the grave, while the succulent scent of the dishes prepared and placed in the offerings "nourishes" them, while recalling the importance of sharing food with the family.

Offerings to the dead are carefully prepared with the deceased's favorite delicacies and are placed around the family altar and
tomb, amidst flowers and handicrafts, decoration with paper, photographs, toys or any souvenir that one the living with the dead.




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