DID YOU KNOW?
The Day of the Dead celebration is a great tradition in Mexico, it helps to propagate values such as: Respect, Unity and Family. The date has been recognized by UNESCO as an “Intangible heritage of humanity”.
The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, this is a Mexican tradition celebrated all over Latin America and in some cities around the United States. To celebrate the occasion, part of the festivities include the decoration of a traditional altar, offered to loved ones, or people lost in the year that you admire and respect. Some of the decorations used include traditional elements such as candles, “cempasuchil” (flower/incense), pictures, “calaveras” (poems to the deceased), water, food, spirits, tobacco, traditional bread and decorations made with paper.
- Offerings to the deceased are given in the hopes of sharing them, and assisting them on their journey to the afterlife. They signify the steps they will be taking on their way to heaven.
- Visiting a cementery, the family visit the gravesites and decorate them with candles and flowers, in some cases they will spend the whole evening there.