A tradition full of color and feelings that unites the Mexican people
The Day of the Dead, more than a celebration, is a tradition for all Mexicans, in which homage is paid to those family members or friends who have passed away.
At present this celebration has been affected by the American influence, highlighting Halloween, however in Mexico we have proudly clung to our customs and traditions, ensuring that the Day of the Dead continues to be a great reason for celebration.
At Hotel Rosita, we love and are proud of these beautiful Mexican traditions, that is why as part of the celebration of this Day of the Dead we want to share some information that you probably did not know about the traditional Day of the Dead.
This celebration is around 3,000 years old
The origin of this celebration dates back to the time of the Aztecs, who on this date paid homage to the souls of the deceased who year after year visited the world of the living.
As part of a great tradition, in Mexico we celebrate the Day of the Dead on November 1 and 2 of each year. The first day the “angels” are honored; little children who have left the earth before their time. The second day is dedicated to the deceased adults.
The 3 types of altars
The altar of the dead is one of the fundamental elements of the celebration of the Day of the Dead, it represents the vision that pre-Hispanic cultures had of death. There are 3 types of altars:
Each altar of the Day of the Dead must represent the 4 elements: Water (in a clay pot), earth (with fruits obtained from it), fire (with candles) and wind (it is achieved with confetti.
Its use has origins in Malinalco, a city in the State of Mexico that dates from pre-Hispanic times, where its inhabitants placed it on their altars because its color supposedly harbored the heat of the sun’s rays. It is for this reason that paths with their petals are placed in order to guide the deceased on their way.
The sugar skulls
Sugar skulls cannot be absent from altars, they are a tradition of the Day of the Dead and it is believed that they are the favorite food of the deceased spirits. These are a form of “present” that is placed on altars and symbolizes life after death.
The bread of the dead
There are several versions of its origin, but many agree that it originated at the time of the conquest, inspired by pre-Hispanic rituals. Today it is one of the most important components of the offerings dedicated to the faithful departed.
Meaning of its shape
The circle that is in the upper part of it is the skull, the quills are the bones and the taste of orange blossom is for the memory of those who have already died.
The catrina is the most representative figure of this celebration, it was created by José Guadalupe Posada, in which the image of a skull dressed in a feathered hat in European fashion at the time is represented. Later it was renamed by Diego Rivera.
The day of the dead coincides with the passage of the monarch butterflies through Mexico. According to the legends, they carry the spirits of the deceased on their wings, helping them to visit the world of the living.
“Ask for a skull” is not a tradition, it is something that arose when Halloween was combined with the Day of the Dead. Originally in the Mexican celebration, nothing is asked, rather tribute is given to deceased beings.
On November 7, 2003, UNESCO gave the title of World Heritage Site to the Day of the Dead.
A tradition full of colors and feelings, which although, like other traditions, has evolved over the years, continues and will continue to hold together the communities that during these days are ready to celebrate those loved ones who already they are not with us.
At Hotel Rosita we want our guests to enjoy and be part of these beautiful traditions. For any questions or information, contact our staff.
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