The one-of-a-kind Halloween festival in Mexico
In Mexico, Halloween is known as the feast of the dead and in no other country there exists a ghostly festival like this.
Halloween in Mexico is known as Día de los Muertos and people can not fail to mention the costumes, food ... which are indispensable part for the festive season. In Mexico, the Halloween festival has its own unique features.
1. The time of organization
Halloween festivals in most countries are held on October 31 every year. In Mexico, however, the Día de los Muertos festival - the day of the dead, is much more epic than Halloween in other places and usually takes place from October 31st to November 2nd. The Mexican Halloween is celebrated the night before 1st November, the All Saints' Day, a Catholic holiday to commemorate the Saints. The next day is the All Souls' Day on 2nd November.
2. Meaning of the Festival
Halloween festivals in many parts of the world are no longer associated with the memory of the deceased, but as a feast day for the devils, vampires, and exaggerated fear of death and unexplainable ghost phenomena.
However, for the Mexican Death Festival, this day was held to commemorate the deceased, and instead of seeing it as a dark and scary day, most of the decorations seem sarcastic about death, as shown by the image of Calaveras and Catrinas skeleton dancing. Unlike other memorial days of the dead, El Día de los Muertos is the occasion to recall the beautiful memories of lost loved ones.
3. Customs and traditions
Every region in Mexico celebrates the day of the dead in its own way and the festival is always renewed. Halloween costumes are more popular in the Mexican regions on October 31 and large parades have become part of El Día de los Muertos, especially in Mexico City.
From October 31 to November 2, the Mexicans often return to clean the graves of their loved ones and decorate the area with yellow daisies - flowers that bloom at this time in Mexico. In addition, they bring the lost belongings, food and drinks to the tomb and stay overnight in the cemetery next to the grave of their loved ones.
4. Halloween's colors
At the end of October, there are often many foreign tourists coming to Mexico to witness the colorful day of the dead, along with performances of artwork. Here, in addition to paper toys and decorations, buns also carry skulls, candies are also decorated into skull-shaped objects which look happy, with the meaning of "true death is not scary ".
By: Tracy Brown