I’ve noticed that the last few posts have been personal ones with heavy topics being discussed, so I wanted to make my last post for a month a more cheerful one (NaNoWriMo is upon me, I must obey it’s commands!). I love the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. I love:
~The artwork (especially skull mask tattoos),
~The sugar skull candies and alters
~the skeleton figurines
To me it is one of the most fascinating cultural events.
“Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world. In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones.” -Wikipedia
Then there’s Santa Muerte, who naturally plays a role in Día de Muertos,
she’s the female embodiment of death who is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees. Santa Muerte even has her own personal cult. I’m also a big fan of Deadpool and I’ve noticed that the depiction of Lady Death in the Marvel universe and Santa Muerte are quite similar in appearance.
Although, Lady Death is considerably bustier than Santa Muerte.
So, what kind of cultural holiday/celebration/tradition do you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments.
Day of The Dead – Wikipedia
Celebrate Day of The Dead – Day of The Dead Facts
Day of the Dead history: Ritual dating back 3000 years
Day of the Dead/El Dia de Muertos: Celebration, History & Origins
Halloween 2014: How Mexican People Celebrate the Day of the Dead