Day of the Dead is one of the most exciting holidays in Mexico. It takes place on the first and second of November without any interruption - from morning to night.
We divided the holiday into two days, since every day has its own meaning and rituals. The first day is called “The Day of Angels”, when everyone gathers to honor the memory of deceased children and babies, and on the second, all adults who have left this world are remembered - this is “Day of the Dead”.
Residents of Mexico believe that it is on these days that the gates of the other world open and the dead come to visit their relatives from the world of the living, but in order for the dead to find their way home, Mexicans decorate all cemeteries with bright flowers, ribbons and illuminate the road with candlesticks and candles.
This holiday came to them from the Aztecs and Maya Indians. Before Spanish colonization, skulls of dead relatives were kept in all Mexican homes. For them, it was a symbol of death and resurrection.
Presenting gifts to the goddess of death, Miktlansihuatl, is one of the most important rites of this holiday. It is not customary to grieve on this day. The Day of the Dead is celebrated very violently and it is not gloomy, but on the contrary - very bright. It all starts with a quiet family celebration, and ends with a noisy festival on the street.
Since 2003, the Day of the Dead has been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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