Día de Muertos is one of the most important yearly celebrations in the Mexico, and is celebrated throughout the country.
Día de Muertos is about remember and honor our deceased loved ones.
Día de Muertos consist in building private Altars in homes, schools, communities and Visit cemeteries to remember the love ones and bring back their spirit.
Families gathering together for a main reason which is gather with family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Altars also called ofrendas are made to honor the deceased placing flowers, skulls, candles, foods, beverages, photos and memorabilia of the departed.
- Sugar skulls represents death can be sweet and not bitter. They are colourful sugar skulls, mud, chocolate or plaster ornaments and patterns on them. Sugar skulls are also a mockery of death and are written on the front of the buyer or the name of a living person.
- Marigolds (flor de muerto en español)
- Papel Picado (traditional folk art from Mexico that involves cutting out intricate patterns on colourful tissue paper)
- Aroma – Copal an incense made of resin that comes from the tree of the same name. The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl word “copalli”, which means “incense”.
- Pan de muerto a special type of bread which means “bread of the dead.” Pan de muerto can varies from region to region, with white sweet rolls with “bone” shaped on top. Pan de muerto is also consumed, often dunked in coffee or hot chocolate. (YUMMY!)
- In some towns Christian cross, statues or pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary are place in the altar together with pictures of deceased relatives and other persons, scores of candle or tapers to representing the fire.
All pieces of the altar have a meaning and it’s to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and offers of the living ones. The traditions and activities that take place in celebration of the Day of the Dead often varying from region to region
Visiting the Love ones.
Another amazing part of día de muertos is visiting the cemetery (my favourite thing to do in día de muertos) is to visit the cemetery and spend the day and/or some towns overnight. (I like to call it picnic at the grave).
Families usually clean and decorate graves where their loved ones are buried, decorating them with “marigolds” (flor de muerto), some bring music, drinks and food.
This visits can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.
*An interesting fact about this special mexican tradition is, in 2008 the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.