Día de Los Muertos Celebration – When & where?
If you are traveling to Mexico in the following period, then we have good news for you! Día de Los Muertos Celebration is taking place on the 2nd of November.
The Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos is a commemoration-carnival. It is a joyful holiday through which the deceased are praised by their family and friends. People celebrate the lives of beloved ones who are not in this world anymore. Its purpose is to help the deceased ones in their spiritual journey.
So, you are asking yourself why should you go? Here, people gather to celebrate through prayers, dancing, parades and carnival-like festivities. Overall, the holiday is very cheerful, so it is a different kind of experience.
At the Día de Los Muertos Celebrations, people paint their faces calaveras or calacas. Calaveras or calacas are skulls and skeletons. Usually, around the eyes and chin, the “masks” are colorful and joyful.
Besides the face paintings, people decorate their head with marigold flowers. Marigold flowers are known as the flower of the dead. These are believed to guide the deceased through their spiritual journey.
Also, as a reminder that nobody has eternal life on Earth, people dress up as catrina and catrin. So, if you see people dressed up as wealthy aristocrats, then know that it is just a reminder that everyone is equal.
The graves are decorated with the deceased’s favorite objects, food and drinks. These are called ofrendas. Also, those who decorate the graves, receive sugar skulls.
During the Día de Los Muertos Celebration several parades take place. The Marigold Parade is the most famous one.
A bit of history
Initially, the Día de Los Muertos Celebration was held in August, all month long. In time, it was moved to the end of October/beginning of November. Nowadays, the celebration it is often confused with Halloween.
In fact, Día de Los Muertos was dedicated to the “Lady of the Dead”. Later on, in the 20th century, its significance started changing. As a result, the celebration had been named in the memory of all those who had passed away.
Tours and activities
During the Día de Los Muertos, the biggest festivities take place in Mexico City and Oaxaca. Here, you can enjoy some specific tours through the most decorated areas. Learn about the history of the event:
- Day of the Dead in Mexico City: Xochimilco Canal Ride and Cemetery Tour
- Day of the Dead Celebration in Oaxaca
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