Día de muertos
(day of the deaD)
Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is becoming increasingly popular now in the United States.
We can find many exhibits relating to this important date for Mexicans in different stores; However, this date is frequently confused with Halloween which has been celebrated for many years now.
Although the roots of both celebrations have some similarities and the dates are so close, the truth is that they are two celebrations that represent two very different cultures. Día de Muertos in Mexico is not a day of terror or fear, rather it is a day to honor the memory of all those relatives who are gone and have crossed the threshold that divides life from death.
Día de Muertos is a very respected holiday by all institutions in Mexico, there are no classes and many people do not work on this day everybody; prepares food, gifts, music, prayers and other things to take to the cemetery to visit their family members who have deceased.
For deceased children (which are called little angels) people take toys and flowers to decorate their graves, the adults get what was their favorite food or drink when they were alive, as it is believed that only that day people who have died are allowed to come in spirit to share with their families who have suffered their loss.
The smell of chrysanthemums and food, the mixture of nostalgia and serenity to share with others and seeing the cemetery as colorful and ironically so alive, is what makes November 2nd one of the most deeply rooted celebrations from our ancestors despite the conquests and impositions of Europeans.