Spotlight: Dia de los Muertos

Día de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions. It celebrated on November 2nd, the day after “All Saints Day”. This Aztec holiday dates back 3,000 years and it continues to be strong in Mexico and in some areas of the US.

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In this holiday it is believed that on November 2nd, the souls of all deceased loved ones come down from heaven and reunite with their families to enjoy their favorite things again.

The main tradition is to make colorful altars in homes, offices or schools in honor of deceased loved ones. The altars are decorated with yellow flowers, candles, sugar skulls, and their loved one’s favorite foods.

Mexican day of the dead altar (Dia de Muertos)

Our very own photographer, Alex spent this colorful holiday in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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He also attended the famous Dia de los Muertos Parade in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Some people, mainly indigenous in certain regions of central Mexico continue the festivities in the cemetery, where families bring meals, and even play music.

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You have probably seen at some bakeries the traditional bread of the season, pan de muerto. (Bread of the dead) It is a slightly sweet bread, which is usually paired with coffee or hot chocolate.

pandemuerto

Were you familiar with this special celebration? If not, we hope that this colorful post might have taught you a few things about this holiday.

Cheers,
The Colorful Chronicle

Photos by: Alex Montoya

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