Get into the spirit of this Mexican festival

Although called the Day of the Dead, this famous Mexican holiday is actually a celebration of life. It also runs over two days, November 1 and 2, coinciding with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Despite its somewhat morbid subject matter, the mood on the day is light, with the emphasis on honouring the lives of deceased loved ones and helping their spiritual journey.

Families & friends reunited

The belief is that at midnight on October 31, the gates of heaven are opened and the spirits of children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. The next day, the spirits of adults then join the festivities. Families construct altars in their homes which they decorate with candles, flowers, and plenty of the deceased’s favourite food and drink, which they can enjoy during their short visit, with skeleton figures and skulls made of sugar adding the final touches.

Enjoy every moment

The celebration continues into the evening at the local cemetery, where graves are tended and colourfully decorated, music is played and people reminisce about their friends and family members who have passed away. Mexicans believe that every soul should be remembered as a happy one, and this festival helps people to realise that life is brief, death is not to be feared and they should enjoy life to the full.

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