Spir­ited fun: Cel­e­brate the Mex­i­can Day of the Dead

Cel­e­brate de­parted loved ones on the Day of the Dead

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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!

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