Dia de los Muertos
From the beginning of time, mankind has felt the need to explain the mystery of life and death. Many civilizations and cultures have created rituals to try and give meaning to human existence.
- Where do we come from?
- Why does life end?
- Is there "life" after death?
- If so, what kind of "life"?
These are some of the questions humans have asked themselves in order to understand our finite existence on this earth.
To the indigenous peoples of Mexico, death was considered the passage to a new life and so the deceased were buried with many of their personal objects, which they would need in the hereafter. Many times even their pets were sacrificed so they would accompany their masters on their long journey.
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 remember their departed relatives. Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and sad. In reality, 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 leave sugar skulls, food, drinks, and marigolds for their deceased loved ones. It is believed that the younger loved ones return on November 1st and the elder deceased return on November 2nd.