Mexico Culture: Celebrating The Day of the Dead

Things are getting spooky this week at Now Resorts & Spas! In North America, we celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31 with trick-or-treating, jack-o-lantern carving and festive costumes. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead, or “Día de Muertos” is celebrated.

This longstanding tradition dates back to ancient Aztec celebrations, and is honored today throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including places like Brazil and Spain. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a time for families to reflect on the passing of their loved ones and celebrate their life.

Parades, favorite food and beverages of the deceased and sugar candies are used to commemorate the life of the deceased and bond with current family members. At our resorts, we provide our guests with traditional food, colorful decorations and savory treats in honor of the holiday.

Catrinas, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations at Mexico

Catrinas, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations at Mexico

Now Resorts & Spas Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Now Resorts & Spas  in Mexico will be celebrating the national Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos on November 1st and 2nd.  Throughout Mexico people celebrate Dia de los Muertos, known in English as Day of the Dead, as a time when family and friends gather together to pray and pay tribute to their loved ones who have passed.

This holiday is celebrated each year on November 1-2 in conjunction with two Roman Catholic holidays: All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. On November 1, the souls of deceased children are remembered for Dia de los Muertos with special colorful designs on traditional altars. On November 2, the souls of adults are honored with a variety of rituals on for Dia de los Muertos. Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico are a unique blend of Christianity and pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs.

Building and decorating altars to honor the dead is the most common Day of the Dead tradition.  Altars, found in both churches and homes, are adorned with many gifts. Traditional altar offerings include food, handmade crafts, symbolic sugar skulls and marigolds.

Sugar skulls are small Mexican folk art sculptures made using common household ingredients like powdered sugar, egg whites, corn starch, corn syrup and vanilla. The sculptures are embellished with colorful icing and sparkling touches. Marigolds are a yellow flower used to celebrate the Day of the Dead because they are known in Mexico as flor de muertos, or flower of the dead. Bread is also a common item left on altars. A sweet type of bread is made especially for the holiday called pan de muertos, or bread of the dead.  This bread is commonly sold in markets in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

These traditions vary from region to region in Mexico, but the philosophy behind the holiday remains constant. Day of the Dead festivities are believed to bring life to the memory of loved ones who have passed. We hope you get a chance to take part in celebrating this unique Mexican holiday while you are staying with us at Now Resorts & Spas!