October 31st marks the beginning of Mexico’s “Dia de Los Muertos”(Day of the Dead) celebration. Day of the Dead events honor the deceased with vibrant festivities through November 2nd. Elaborate altars welcome spirits with food and flowers as people visit cemeteries to decorate gravesites and spend time with the souls of their loved ones.
These celebrations originated with pre-Hispanic traditions dating back hundreds of years, including an Aztec festival honoring the goddess of the afterlife, Mictecacihuatl. As the cultures intertwined, The Day of the Dead evolved to include elements of Christianity, including prayers for the souls of the deceased. Rather than a morose occasion, Dia de Los Muertos is a celebratory holiday when the lives of those passed are commemorated. Whimsical skull decorations symbolize the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. Experience the layers of history behind this UNESCO cultural heritage event in the land of its origins.
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