We all know, or at least should, that death is just a part of life that we have to deal with,, but in Mexican culture has become the way they perceive life.
The Day of the Dead -el Día de los Muertos-, is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.
A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2.
It is literally a celebration rich in colours, the smell of flowers, music and joy, where love rules the holiday as families believe that the souls of the departed return to visit living relatives. Trails of marigolds lead like runways to guide spirits home back to their loved ones.
The dead are not remembered or commemorated. Instead, they are considered present, because they continue their life on the memories of others.
This is a celebration with the dead, not of the dead.
Please, take a few minutes to discover how Mexican gathers in a two-day joyful celebration that preserves their tradition to commemorate their deads and why it is so important for them:
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