Day of The Dead Festivities
Día de Muertos is a global one of a kind festivity. We mexicans celebrate our family and friends who are dead with a special ritual. In any corner within Mexico families gathered around cemeteries, churches and sacred places to bring food, music and ancient traditions in honor of those who have departed.
In their attempts to convert them to Catholicism, the Spaniards tried to kill the ritual. But like the old Aztec spirits, the ritual refused to die.
To make the ritual more Christian, the Spaniards moved it so it coincided with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2), which is when it is celebrated today.
The main celebration takes place in cemeteries, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muerto baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.
November 1st and November 2do is when dead relatives, both young and old, are allowed to return to the mortal world for two days to visit loved ones. Spirits coming down and walking among the living, sampling earthly treats and joining in the festival.
Around all the festivities, people in many regions of the country, prepare special food and create unique pieces of decoration for those altars set on many traditional houses througout Mexico. All these myistical decorations have influenced all over the world with great ideas shown in many different places. Hotels, houses, upholstery, fabrics, furniture and home decor pieces in general.
Mexican tradition also keeps unique pieces adding to any modern space a special Mexican accent.Go and visit our online store to find some specials!