I hope you enjoyed your Tuesday night celebrating Halloween. Today, we’re going to talk about a similar festival that belongs to the lovely people down in Mexico. I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why I didn’t lump this in with my Halloween post on Tuesday, well this festival is different in some pretty key ways from Halloween.
Like I said on Tuesday my partner and I dressed up in Day of the Dead makeup and handed out candy.
While I was looking up the costumes and makeup I ran into some interesting articles, annoying many other Halloween costume shoppers as I went deep down the rabbit hole, and it got me thinking more about the costume and persona I was going to be putting on for the night.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) begins on November 1st and ends on November 2nd. it’s a happy occasion where the dead and the living are reunited for two days. Here’s a quick video explaining what the holiday is about:
Dia de los Muertos is a blending of Aztec and Catholic traditions. Most Latin countries celebrate this holiday and it’s especially prevalent in Mexico, or where Mexican Americans reside. This holiday has nothing to do with the North American concept of Halloween.
Dia de los Muertos rests on the assumption that those who have passed do not wish for the living to be sad. So, there are a lot of parties and activities, and food, that they dead enjoyed when they were living. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.
the most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos is the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). A lot of the participants will dress their faces up with ornate and fun/festive skulls. You’ll also find the skulls on candy, parade masks and dolls. Sugar skulls are a famous and colorful marking. They are left as offerings to the dead on altars and gravestones.
That’s all that I have for you today. I hope you all found this interesting.
Until next week!