Every culture has different celebrations throughout the year. While in the United States we celebrate Halloween, Mexico doesn’t celebrate that holiday. In Mexico, on the same day, October 31st, Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated to link families with those that have passed on. This isn’t only a one day celebration but is instead celebrated through November 2nd each year. Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant is here to talk about this celebration a little bit so you can better understand what it’s all about.
Day of the Dead Offerings
Each year, families that have deceased family members will bring their lost loved ones offerings that honor them so that these family members long gone can come back and visit. They create beautiful alters with flowers and pictures that honor these lost loved ones. Another offering that is always included is the loved one’s favorite food and drink. There are many traditional Mexican dishes that are part of this yearly tradition. Some of them include:
– Caramel Flan
– Pan de Muertos
– Mole Negro
– Sopa Azteca
– Red Pozole
– Calabaza en Tacha
What Happens at the Cemetery on Day of the Dead
Not all people are buried far from their families. When the deceased aren’t buried close to home, there are several materials that are used to decorate the graves. From flowers to lighting and a path from the grave toward the family’s house, the area is prepared for the return of lost loved ones as it is believed that they will come back to their grave very first. Today, many families will gather at the cemetery with food, music and spend the night together as they celebrate the life of the deceased.
Traditional Mexican Day of the Dead Costume
The celebration of this holiday has evolved throughout history. As people have turned to spending extended lengths of time at the cemetery with food and music, there are also many people that will dress in costume for the event. The costume of choice is that of a skeleton to celebrate these family members gone before. Some of these costumes are truly beautiful as they celebrate the tapestry that weaves families together throughout the tests of time and throughout the afterlife as well. While there are many Mexican people in the United States that celebrate this joyous holiday, to get a true feel for this special holiday, you almost need to go to Mexico and experience it firsthand.
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Depending on area that you experience this holiday in, the celebration can vary. In smaller, rural communities, the celebrations are quieter and more solemn. When you are experiencing it in the middle of the largest cities in Mexico, the celebrations are much bigger and grander. No matter where you are as you celebrate this holiday, you need to have the food to help make it authentic. Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant has a menu full of authentic cuisine fit for this holiday. Come in today!