From pre-Columbian times, El Día de los Muertos,
the Day of the Dead has been celebrated in Mexico, and other Latin
countries. This is a very special
ritual, since it is the day in which the living remembers their departed
relatives. Sometimes, when people of
other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the
Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and
sad. Nothing could be further from the truth;
the Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and
lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died. Much like when we go to a graveyard to leave
some lovely flowers on a tomb of a relative.
The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in
connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’
Day. Traditions connected with the
holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar
skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.