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Impressed and pleasantly surprised I was yesterday when I saw how the Day of the Dead in Mexico. The graves are dressed with flowers of different colors, bows and gala bands to say goodbye or, I would even say "see you later", to loved ones and children participate in this celebration just like any other member of the family. .
The Mexican festival of Day of the Dead has been declared by Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. On this day, families gather around the grave of their relatives and spend there all night awake with them, lit by candles. It is customary to dine there, in company, with the whole family and in the middle of a very special setting. It is also a tradition to entertain the deceased with something to eat and drink, such as a beer or a glass of wine, that are to their liking.
And it is that in Mexico, death has another meaning for the living that has nothing to do with funereal dyes. It is part of life itself and is not tinged with tragedy. For the traveler, going to a cemetery in Mexico on the Day of the Dead is a unique event. I had never imagined anything like it. People of all ages, the elderly, adults and children take the opportunity to dress up, sing and dance. It is customary to dress up as a goblin, death, skeleton, widow ... to celebrate that death is part of their lives and to celebrate the death of loved ones alive.
The role of children in this ceremony is natural. This is not a party for 'grown-ups'. The children go with their parents, grandparents and uncles every Night of the Dead to the cemetery and sing, eat and dance with them. In some cemeteries in major cities, they even set up a stage for a musical group to liven up the evening.
Mexico is a country rich in culture and traditions, and precisely, one of the main aspects that make up its identity as a nation is the conception that it has about life, death and all the traditions and beliefs that revolve around them. A whole series of rites and traditions have developed around death, whether to venerate it, honor it, frighten it and even make fun of it.
The origins of the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico predate the arrival of the Spanish. The rituals that celebrate the lives of the ancestors have been carried out in these civilizations for at least 3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were preserved as trophies and were displayed during rituals that symbolized death and rebirth.
The festival, centuries later, became the Day of the Dead. It was celebrated in early August and lasted a full month. The festivities were dedicated to the celebration of children, that is, the deceased infants, and the lives of deceased relatives. In any case, it should be noted that this celebration is not typical of all Mexicans since, despite being a holiday that has become a national symbol, there are many families who are more attached to celebrating 'All Saints' Day 'as they do in other Catholic countries. In addition, the strong influence of the United States, especially in border areas, is manifested with the Halloween party, which is celebrated more frequently each year in a greater number of homes.
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