Day of the Dead in Mexico, celebration occurs on November 1 and 2, represents a combination of Pre-Hispanic, Christian devotion and traditions and beliefs. As a consequence of this fusion, the celebration comes to life as an unique Mexican Tradition.
The day of the Dead is so wonderful and meaningful rituals part of the Mexican tradition where you can see the respect and devoted of Mexicans with the dead people and the people who one day the love them so much.
The tradition is represented with “The altar” where the Mexicans believe that the dead comes to eat and see them. Usually on the altar the people put food and things that the dead likes before. For example, my aunt, who died 5 years ago liked cigars, as well as the day of the dead, I offer with ofrendas, or offerings, a box of cigars to her.
I feel that the day of dead it’s a good way to remember all beloved ones in the family who pass another life. Also for the kids is a friendly form to don’t be afraid to the death.The typical bread in this day is “Dead Bread” taste really good and always is enjoy it with hot chocolate, mmm… delicious.
Also is a tipical flower that I call flower of the dead, I found in wikipedia a goof explanation about this: “the flower is orange marigold called “cempasúchil”, originally named cempoalxochitl, Nahuatl for “twenty (i.e., many) flowers”, in modern Mexico this name is often replaced with the term “Flor de Muerto”, Spanish for “Flower of the Dead”. These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings.
I love this tradition but I feel sad sometimes because the influence from EEUU and the Halloween staff had been killing and erasing the tradition for the new generation (kids and young people) because they see more attractive the idea to have a custom and go somewhere and ask for candies than offer or remember people who is dead.