It is the first day of Mexican Halloween! Today, Oct. 31, starts the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and it is a very special time for families to reunite with their loved ones! Here’s five key things to know about Dia de los Muertos!
It is an eventful and reflective time right now in Mexican culture for families who celebrate Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. This is a very special time for families to remember and celebrate their loved ones who have passed on, and here’s everything you should know about the special holiday!
1. What is Day of the Dead?
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is celebrated throughout Mexico in Central and Southern regions. The holiday is an annual tradition where families get together to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. It is believed that those who have passed can reunite with their families. It is often believed that it is a sad holiday. However, it is a celebration of life, with vibrant colors and a lot of memories. There are typically parades and decorative celebrations in certain areas in Mexico.
Mexico City holds its first Day of the Dead parade with floats, giant skeleton and more than 1,000 actors, dancers and acrobats in costumes pic.twitter.com/vomT3oJGLi
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2. When is it?
The holiday starts October 31, and ends November 2. It is believed that the gates of heaven open October. 31 [All Saints Day], so deceased children, called angelitos [angels], can reunite with their families. Then, Day of the Dead, November 1 [All Souls Day], is when spirits of adults come down to join the celebrations.
3. What items are involved?
Skulls, flowers and photographs are used to decorate home alters for the celebrations. The alters are decorated with bright colors, candles and other decor. Photos of deceased family members are placed on the alter as well. There is a particular flower for the holiday — cempoalxochitl, or flor de los muertos, [flower of the dead]. It is often compared to a carnation and it contains bright colors like orange and pink.
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4. There is a ton of food…
Pan de muerto, or [bread of the dead], is a huge part of the holiday. It is a puffy type of sweet bread with sugar. Families will typically have multiple loaves of this. Other foods that are eaten could be tamales and enchiladas. Families will typically make the favorite foods of their loved ones who have passed.
5. A trip to the cemetery takes place.
Families will take decor like skulls, flowers and the food they have prepared to the graves of their deceased loved ones. Prayer, stories and remembrance is typically involved during the visits.
HollywoodLifers, we hope you all have a great holiday!