Day of the Dead in Mexico
Detail of painting by Diego Rivera ‘Dream of a Sunday evening in Alameda Park’. On the right hand of Catrina – Frida Kahlo, and Rivera himself as a child; on the left hand – José Guadalupe Posada. Murals, Mexico. Day of the Dead in Mexico – Dia de los Muertos is celebrated November 1 and 2. Some countries celebrate Samhain, others – Halloween, and here in Mexico – Day of the Dead. In Sweden, the holiday is called Alla helgons dag – All Saints’ Day, people visit the graves of loved ones, bringing them special wreaths and white candles in a special candle holders. Both candles and wreaths are sold only for that day. But the most interesting holiday is celebrated in Mexico, according to tradition, going from Maya. Heroine of today Carnival – La Calavera Catrina (Calavera – skull).
To Calavera Catrina are devoted folk toys, paintings, sculptures, costumes, masks, candies, installations.
The Dead are not only visited at the cemetery, but their souls are also welcomed in the houses. At the cemetery, people have picnics, where they eat special bread of the dead – loaf with a cross “pan de muerto”, sometimes it is baked in a small souvenir skull. Who got it – will be lucky. To the Dead on the graves bring gifts: flowers, booze and cigarettes.
In the houses are built memorial altars with flowers, candles and portraits of the deceased and memorabilia from their lives. On these altars kindle incense. Certainly water is present as a universal guide. On the children’s altar placed milk, nipples, toys, goodies. Actually, the Day of the Dead with dancing and a carnival for adults will be tomorrow, November 2nd.
November 1 – Day of angels, it is dedicated to children. They are given sweets, marzipan coffins, sugar skulls and other festive toys, among which Calavera Catrina, and skeletons, puppets, and coffins with surprise.
Interestingly, the orange color is considered the most modern spirituality antidepressant and hippie subculture regarded it as “the color of madness, not leading to death”, but Mexicans consider it the color of death. A purple – the color of life, while hippie attributed to the purple “color of insanity, leading to death.” It turns out that orange and purple in both psychedelic cultures means almost the opposite. From which it can be concluded that the hippies and the Indians had similar visual psychedelic experience, but made different conclusions.
Dia de los Muertos in Mexico.