Just following the American Halloween tradition, Mexico gets into the spooky spirit each November 1st and 2nd, as they gear up to celebrate the Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos. This joyous holiday is not as frightening as the American version, but in fact it is meant to be a cheerful celebration in hopes to educate future generations of their ancestry.
The first day is for the remembrance of deceased children, and the second is for everyone else, typically referred to as All Souls’ Day. People flock to the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried, and tend the gravesite, perhaps with a picnic or to decorate the alters with photos and mementos of those they wish to remember. Expect to see music, dancing, food, and Calaveras de azúcar, small skulls made of sugar, being passed around the city streets.
Celebrations do vary throughout Mexico, but rest assured that anywhere you choose to celebrate, there will be good times had by all. Some celebrations involve groups of people running through the streets, carrying an open coffin with a supposed “dead” man smiling and waving to the crowds, while throwing oranges, candy and marigolds. People do dress up, but it is usually in masks of skeletons and cloaks, paying homage to the Grim Reaper. Dia de Muertos isn’t a state official holiday, but it is a tradition that Mexicans live by. Celebrate the Day of the Dead this November with us at Hacienda Encantada and be a part of this festive Mexican tradition while staying in paradise.