Are you interested in learning more about the iconic Día de Muertos? This is the perfect opportunity for you, as the iconic event is just around the corner. This special day takes place on November 2nd and is both a celebration and a memorial in equal measure. People love this event because of the party aspect, the colors used and the celebration of the life of a departed loved one. Let’s dive deeper into this special Mexican tradition and how it all goes down.
The Legend Behind The Day
This special day actually dates back to pre-Hispanic civilizations. Over time the traditions of the event have changed a little. The method by which Mexicans celebrate today may have changed, but the essence of the day remains the same. It is said that on this day, the souls of those departed can return to Earth, but only if they are remembered. It is said that you actually die twice as a human. Firstly when you leave this world, and secondly, the last time your name is uttered – a little grim right? This day, however, is very much about preventing that second death!
Celebration With Altars
To commemorate the dead, Mexicans create altars in their homes, a ritual which offers items to smooth the deceased’s journey between realms. Water, food, candles, photos, and marigolds are all basic items that we see on altars throughout the country. Additionally, however, it is nice to add personal touches to the altar, something the deceased enjoyed. Hence why we frequently see tequilas and mezcals on altars throughout the country.
Tequila’s Inclusion In The Event
Tequila is Mexico’s most beloved spirit, which is why we see it featured prominently in Día de Muertos. Those celebrating the lives of a loved one will often drink tequila as they do so. Those departed who enjoyed a tequila will often find that they have a small glass of it on their own altars. People love this event because it strips back the solemn nature of remembering the dead. It is perfectly acceptable to play loud music, dance, drink, and smile in memory of those we have lost. Also included in this celebration are traditional drinks like mezcal and pulque.
Celebrating Those That You Have Lost
It is the celebratory aspect of this day that has caught the attention of people outside of Mexico. The idea of partying in memory of the departed is a much nicer thought than somber reflections and tears. It is important to remember this on your own Dià de Muertos. No matter where you live, why not get involved this year and pay respects to a loved one you have lost? You can create your very own altar, and fill it with items to ease the journey of a loved one.
Be sure to place photos on the altar of those you are remembering. And of course, you can even add a Mexican vibe to the affair, with a smooth tequila. Don’t forget that this is about celebrating a life, not mourning a death.