A Day of the Dead Celebration is a way to honor the memories of loved ones. It is a tradition that goes back to ancient Meso-American culture and it combines many different aspects of Mexican culture.
It is a celebration of the cycle of life and death, an essential part of Mexican culture and it has spread around the world in recent years. In the United States, it has become more popular after the release of the animated movie Coco (2017).
Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2. It is a day to remember the deceased, a time of family gatherings, altars and food. It also includes music and dance.
Families often create an ofrenda containing pictures, favorite foods and candies to help the souls of their deceased loved ones. They also place candles on the altar to guide the departed and to light their way home.
Ofrenda is the most important symbol of the Day of the Dead. It is a table that serves as an altar and it contains photos of the dead, along with other items such as bread, tequila, pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and sugar skulls.
The ofrenda can have up to seven tiers and it includes elements that will please the souls of the dead. These include a pitcher of water, papel picado (traditional paper banners), food and other offerings.
Altars are the center of this observance and it is not uncommon to see two-tiered or three-tiered altars. The top tier of the altar represents heaven and the bottom tier represents earth.
These altars are topped with sugar skulls and other sweets to show that the souls of the dead will be coming back to visit. It is also common to have a basket of marigold flowers on the ofrenda for the dead to take home with them, and to have a bowl of water for the spirits to drink.
It is a great time to get out and explore the city and soak up all of the spirit and energy of this festive holiday. The city will be decorated and there will be live performances throughout the day, so it is a perfect opportunity to get out and experience the city in a whole new way.
When you are out and about, keep in mind that a lot of the stores and restaurants will be closed. It is also a good idea to bring cash with you so you don’t have to worry about paying with credit cards.
For the best experience, try to make the most of your time and plan your itinerary ahead of time so you can focus on enjoying all that the city has to offer during this special time. You may want to have a designated driver so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or having to find a cab.
Visiting cemeteries is another important part of the holiday and you will see families decorating graves with flowers and skull sugar molds. It is a tradition that can help children understand that death is not something to be afraid of.