5 must-know about Día de Muertos

Experience Día de Muertos in Mexico City where hosting is personal.

Every year, on the first weekend of November, many Mexican families create an altar at home in honor of their deceased loved ones.

People make offerings and decorate the tombs with images of saints, candles, marigold flowers, incense, copal, the favorite dishes of the deceased, and of course, their photos.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was celebrated in a fairly intimate way. 

Here are 5 things you have to know about The Día de Muertos celebration:

  1. Death celebration: The cult of the dead was a celebration of life for the Aztecs, a way to feel close to loved ones. It commemorates the ninth month, called Tlaxochimaco (birth of flowers). They cooked in memory of the dead and placed the food on the graves.
  1. The souls arrival: The tradition says that the dead arrive every 12 hours each day, between October 28 and November 2.
  1. Pan de muerto: It’s a sweet bread, symbol of their death. It´s placed on altars to honor, remember and feed deceased relatives who cross the Día de Muertos.
  1. Skulls and catrinas: Diego Rivera was the creator of La Catrina as we now know it today, in an engraving known as “La Calavera Garbancera”, the predecessor to La Catrina. The skull had no clothes, but wore a hat and criticized the lifestyle of the time.
  1. Altar of the dead: Each altar of the dead must represent the four elements. Water, its placed in a container originally made of clay. Fire, through the candles. Earth, its represented with fruit obtained from it and Wind, through colorful papel picado.

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