In Mexico the Day of the Dead, also know as All Saints Day, is celebrated on the first couple days of November in honour and commemoration of family members and friends that have deceased.
Some of the characteristic details that highlight this tradition include incense made out of a flower called copal, bread called “bread of the Dead” and cempasuchil, which is the “flower of the Dead” and sugar candy in the shape of skulls. These details create an ensemble that fascinates all of the senses.
One week before the celebration, families buy and collect flowers, candles, skull-shaped candy, incense and foods. These items are then placed as offers on altars that they make in their homes in hope that the deceased will come to savor them. The offers include mezcal, chocolate and Oaxacan mole. The altars also have arcs made of cempasuchil flowers that symbolize the door that opens to the other world.In most parts of Mexico, the celebration lasts two days.
The first day of November commemorates children and the following day is for adults. Some families reunite in cemeteries to dine together and they spend the night in vigil at the cemetery next to the tombs of their family members and friends. Everyone places an offer on the tombs and altars, because it is said that the spirits get angry and punish those that don’t place offers.
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