The Day of the Dead / El dia de los muertos by Bob BarnerFollow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. Finally, after singing and dancing, its time for bed. Bob Barners luscious collages incorporate the traditional symbols of Day of the Dead. His poetic text is both English and Spanish. An authors note provides additional information on the holiday.
Mexican Day of the Dead
Saturday's parade was the third to take place in Mexico City , with a quarter of a million people attending the first parade, held two years ago. Following the popularity of the James Bond film Spectre , which opens with Daniel Craig causing a commotion at a Day of the Dead festival in the capital city of Mexico, the government decided to officially introduce the parade the following year in an effort to boost tourism in the region.
Day of the Dead / El Dia de los Muertos
By Judy Hedding. The Day of the Dead is not at all like Halloween. The two days that comprise the Day of the Dead celebration are actually public holidays in Mexico. It is not surprising, then, that since a significant number of people from Mexico and with ancestors from Mexico live in Arizona, that it is a popular celebration here. Ofrenda at Desert Botanical Garden The altars are original pieces specifically created for this celebration by local artists.
By Suzanne Barbezat. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It's not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. They also make elaborately decorated altars called ofrendas in their homes to welcome the spirits. In Pre-Hispanic times, the dead were buried close to family homes often in a tomb underneath the central patio of the house and there was great emphasis on maintaining ties with deceased ancestors, who were believed to continue to exist on a different plane. With the arrival of the Spaniards and Catholicism, All Souls' and All Saints' Day practices were incorporated into Pre-Hispanic beliefs and customs and the holiday came to be celebrated as we know it today. The belief behind Day of the Dead practices is that spirits return to the world of the living for one day of the year to be with their families.
These vibrant Día de los Muertos traditions honor the dead and remind the living of our fragility.
The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration because their loved ones awake and celebrate with them.
When the ancient indigenous people of Mesoamerica disappeared, many of their old rituals and beliefs were gone forever. Perhaps it is not a coincidence, then, that one of the few surviving rituals is a celebration that honors and remembers the departed: El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. A ceremony that has continued for hundreds of years, Dia de los Muertos is observed in countries around the world. In Los Angeles, the holiday is recognized on both large and small scales. Now in its 10th year, the annual celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which took place on Saturday, remains one of the most extravagant, widely attended Dia de los Muertos events in the city. Only a handful of people were dressed in full Halloween costumes, but many wore elaborate skull face paint.
All rights reserved. While every place incorporates different traditions spicy rum in Haiti, baby-shaped bread in Ecuador all festivities have one thing in common—a joyful and rich celebration of those dearly departed. Markets across Mexico spill over with sugary candy, copal incense, pricked paper banners, and mountains of bread. Everywhere everything is flooded with marigolds. If there is one festival motif it would be calacas and calaveras , skeletons and skulls.