The Day of the Dead is November 1st.
The day of the dead is celebration of the lives of the deceased enjoying it with food, drink, parties and activities the dead enjoyed in life. A day where the dead are awakened to participate with their loved ones.
Skeletons and skulls dressed up in colourfully portrayed loving life are the symbols for the day.
- High energy music traditional Mexcian music appears to be a must.
- Tribal ceremonies, some involving smoke.
- Colourful ceremonial cemeteries set up as though gardens.
- Colourful flowers.
- Candles every where.
- Temples are open.
The Day of the Dead is 3000 year old tradition. The Aztec’s the rulers of Central Mexico for 200 years from 1300 -1500’s instilled their customs in the local people. When the Spanish came they introduced Catholicism. Through these two cultures colliding the ‘Day of the Dead’ emerged.
The Aztec contribution to the Day of the Dead. The Aztec death and burial customs were the first place to look for some insight in to the meanings behind the rituals and festival. Aztec’s believed the death is a continuation of life. Which is a similar idea in celebrating.
The Aztecs also practiced human sacrifice, one form involved slicing from the lower abdomen right through the rib cage to the throat wrenching out the beating heart. The skulls were kept on a rack or made into masks. This might explain some of the symbols being used as skulls and skeletons – or not.
The Catholicism contribution was the Soleminity of all Saints, or All Saints Day, it’s when they remember those in purgatory awaiting purification for heaven. It’s unclear when it started, however there is a story of a Pope on the 13 of May 609 blessing the Virgin Mary and all Martyrs and having a feast afterwards. It may have been the origin.
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