The Day of the Dead, a commemorative and traditional feast

November 1st and 2nd are not ordinary dates in Mexico. Indeed, it is during this period that is celebrated the Day of the Dead. Far from being morbid, it is a festive and color full event marked by a diversity of activities, traditions and rituals. Although November1st is celebrated all over the world, in Mexico, it is a true commemoration that captures the whole country’s attention.

According to popular Mexican beliefs that date back to the Aztec civilization, the dead return among the living at these times. Altars are erected for the departed. It includes food, especially “bread of dead“, drinks or favorite items of those who have died. Tequila, very popular in Mexico can be included among the gifts. It is also customary to place on the altars, chocolate skulls or sugar.

Families visit the graves and decorated them with flowers. The indigenous tradition behind the Day of the Dead is also inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Unesco and attracts every year a large number of tourists.

 

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