Celebrating the continuous of life

When the Spanish Conquistadores landed in what is now known as Mexico 500 years ago, they found the Aztecs and Meso-American civilizations displaying skulls in a ritual that appeared to mock death. 

The celebration that is now known as the Day of the Dead originally landed on the ninth month of the Aztec Solar Calendar and was observed for the entire month. 

Lately in the Spaniard’s crusade to bring Catholicism to the Aztecs and to eradicate the ritual, the month-long festivities were condensed to coincide with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day -November 1st and 2nd respectively- to 3 days: 

  • Halloween or Día de las Brujas, the beginning of the Days of the Dead festivities on October 31, 
  • Day of the Innocents or the Little Angels, specifically dedicated to people who died as children on November 1, and 
  • Day of the Dead on November 2, the final and most popular day of the three-day-long celebration.

Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the indigenous peoples viewed it as a continuation of life.

And what best way to deal with the absence of our beloved ones that engaging in such a colourful and cheerful celebration?

So we invite you to embrace this Mexican holiday and celebrate them.

Take time to remember, pick a small area in your home -a table works well- and set up a candle, a photo of a loved one, and some flowers as a simple act of remembrance. Altars may come in different shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose, to show respect and honour a late loved one. This day provides you a time to go through old photographs, letters, toys, and other items that may hold sentimental value.

This day is meant to be celebrated with family and friends and the key is to keep it fun, positive, and festive.  Make a large dinner and ask people to bring a photo of a loved one that has passed away, and place all photos on a table. During dinner, go around the table and have everyone say one fun memory about their loved one. 

Or even better, make Asap your reservation to celebrate this special day at Chingon.

“Feliz Día de los Muertos” or “Happy Day of the Dead”!

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