Day of the Dead is one of the most traditional celebrations in Mexico, every year thousands of families celebrate the lives of the departed. While each region has its own traditions, there are also elements that give cohesion to this celebration.
In recent years, the Day of the Dead has been becoming increasingly popular internationally. Films like “The Book of Life”, the popularity of Catrina costumes and graphic works by José Guadalupe Posada; have brought the Day of the Dead as an internationally acknowledged cultural element.
If you want to celebrate this big day of the dead, here are a few recommendations to make this day special:
5 Ways to Celebrate the Day of the Dead: Make Shrine at Home
If you’re in Mexico, you will easily find the necessary items to make your shrine. If not, there are thousands of tutorials on the internet to craft the items for your altar: bread, sugar skulls, marigold flowers, etc. Also place photos of the family members, or even artists, writers or however you chose to honor.
It is important to let each of the family members participate in this tradition: decorating, making crafts or simply being part of the celebrations. We have to remember that this is a joyous event, in which we have a chance to reminisce and live with our departed loved ones once more.
5 Ways to Celebrate the Day of the Dead: Prepare traditional dishes to share with living and dead!
As good party, a big part is to prepare the favorite dishes of the deceased. In the Yucatan Peninsula there is a traditional meal: the mucbipollo, but any dish will be suitable for the occasion.
Besides the traditional tamales, altar offerings can be fruit, bread, alcoholic beverages or any other whim you or your loved ones may have.
5 Ways to Celebrate the Day of the Dead: Visit the Festival of Life and Death in Xcaret
The Festival of Life and Death is one of the most anticipated events for locals and visitors. It offers a variety of artistic, cultural and gastronomic events; all related to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico.
This festival is held each year in the popular Xcaret park in the Riviera Maya, and it is a great opportunity to learn more about the Day of the Dead. From catrinas, traditional shrines, Mayan myths and legends, visiting the traditional Mexican cemetery… everything revolves around Day of the Death traditions from all over Mexico.
Food, art, music, performance… a feast for the senses that you can not miss. The tickets sell quickly, so plan your tour in advance. The musical guest for this year’s Julieta Venegas, a multi Grammy Awards winner; who will be sharing his talent on the 1st and November 2nd, 2015.
If you want more information, visit the Xcaret website.
5 Ways to Celebrate the Day of the Dead: Participate in the Catrina Fest 2015
A new tradition is gaining popularity in Playa del Carmen, the “Catrina Fest”. This festival takes place on the night of October 31st on the 5th Avenue, where hundreds of participants leave your imagination to get the best costumes as Catrines.
The parade will begin at the “La Quinta Alegria” commercial plaza is located on 5th Avenue corner with Constituyentes Avenue, at 7:00 P.M. The whole family is welcome, even your pet! If you want more information, please visit the Catrina Fest 2015 facebook page.