Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition in Mexico, this tradition is celebrated every November 2nd where people remember the ones aren’t in this world anymore. From people outside Mexico, this can be spooky or even weird but Mexicans are so proud of this tradition that they love to share it with the world. This is not a tradition related to something evil but it is related to the love these people have to those who are no longer with us and we remember them. This post is about 5 things you didn’t know about the Day of the Dead tradition, something we put together to celebrate and promote our Film Festival coming up on November 3rd and 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- During this celebration, the families of the dead people are allowed to stay over the cemeteries and they also hire musicians who play the dead people favorite music or songs.
- According to the tradition, it can’t be missing arches or doors to the altars this way the souls who are visiting from Mictlán (the other side) can enter this world.
- The common symbols of this celebration are the “calacas” or skulls; the sugar skulls, which have the names of the deceased or real people written on the forehead; the bread of the dead; and the poetry written for these days known as “calaveritas” they are irreverent verses where people make fun of other people as if they were dead.
- It is believed that the yellow color of cempasúchil flowers will guide the dead from the cemetery to the place of the offering, also the smell gives the dead people a pleasant stay during their visit.
- Spanish conquerors moved the Day of the Dead festival’s date to the beginning of November this way it matched with the Catholic festivities of All Saints ‘Day and All Souls’ Day.