¿What is the Day of the Dead Celebration in México?
The Day of the Dead is a celebration that is completely different than anything you have ever seen. If you can join us to the vibrant and colorful but deep and mystic opportunity to explore the day of the dead that we celebrate in México, we can assure you that it would be an unforgettable experience which was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in 2008.
This is why Disney recreated in Coco's movie this amazing and unique Mexican tradition.
In México, we celebrate the death, and honor our dead ones on November 1st. (Children) and November 2nd (Adults).
The tradition starts by preparing an Offering at our homes and at the cemeteries, know as "Altar de Muertos" to welcome the spirits of our passed loved ones, as tribute to their lives; It is said that on these days the dead ones have permission to come and visit us from the other side of the veil between life and death.
The origin of this celebration comes from pre-hispanic civilizations, as they used to do similar rituals every time someone died. They believed the souls would travel to the other side sorting all kind of obstacles to finally win their eternal rest.
The ritual began by announcing someone's death, shrouding the body with its personal items and watching over it for 4 days. During these days, they would also place their favorite foods alongside their bodies for them to be prepared for their departure. After these days passed they incinerated or buried them and their souls could begin their journey beyond.
Pre-hispanic cultures believed that every year, dead ones' souls would come back to visit their loved ones.
Here is one thing that should be known: Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Sure the theme is death but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members by preparing offerings known as Altar de Muertos which we will be talking about on our next blog.
For this special occasion, we have worked with our artisans in a collection of Catrinas to commemorate this special day.