Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is a very Mexican tradition. It is celebrated the 2nd of November and is full of magic, colours and superstitions. This is the day when Mexicans celebrate their dead, and invite them to return to this world and coexist with the living in the festive atmosphere.
For a Mexican, the death is taken with a humour, is celebrated. Mexicans don’t believe that their dead go away forever. They imagine that they pass to the parallel reality from which they can come back when they want.
Mexicans laugh with and of the death. They coexist with it in the natural manner, they accept it in their homes and their daily routines. Every Mexican family has some spirit which hangs around the home without conflicting with its inhabitants and without scaring them.
Origin of this celebration ascends to the ancient times, before the Spanish came to Mexico. Festival from which comes this celebration commemorated the 9th month of the solar calendar of Mexica, and lasted for 1 month. Festivities were chaired by the goddess Mictecacíhuatl, “Lady of the Death” and they paid the tribute to the dead family members.
The ancient Mexicans believed that the souls were taking different passages or paths, which were determined by the sort of death they suffered, not by the live they were living (the duality of the hell and heaven came with the Spaniards).