Spirited fun: Celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead
Celebrate departed loved ones on the Day of the Dead
The Mexican Day of the Dead is traditionally held on 2 November and often likened to Halloween - but while we may fear the presence of spooks and ghouls, this festival celebrates them! On this day, families in Mexico get together to honour the spirits of the dead, joining in festivities at the grave side. They share food and stories, light candles, and decorate the graves, as a way of commemorating lost loved ones. In some villages, locals will leave a trail of petals from the cemetery to their home, to help the spirits find their way back, or throw a giant party that lasts the entire night.
The idea of celebrating death might be bizarre to us in the West, but it has its origins in spiritual Aztec and Catholic practices, both of which have hugely influenced Mexican life. The belief is that death should not be feared as it is a part of the cycle of life and a journey that everyone takes. When a cherished family member dies, they are not lost to us. Instead they have moved on to the next cycle - a fact to be rejoiced on this auspicious day!
Marking the dead in this way is not strictly a Mexican practice - anyone can join in with the festivities and use this time as a way to connect with loved ones, embrace the cycles of life, and boost personal power. Read on to discover how!