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Mexico, celebrating traditions: Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead in Mexico is one of the most iconic and culturally rich celebrations. It combines pre-Columbian indigenous elements with influences from the Catholic religion and has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

A deeper understanding:

Day of the Dead is a time for reflection and celebration when families come together to honor their deceased loved ones. While it might seem somber, it's actually a joyful and colorful festival. The belief is that during these days, the departed return to visit the living, and families want to welcome them with love and gratitude.

The offerings behind the altar:

One of the highlights of Day of the Dead is the ofrendas (offerings). Each ofrenda is unique and dedicated to a deceased loved one. These ofrendas often include:f

Marigold flowers: Also known as "flowers of the dead," these vibrant yellow flowers guide the souls back to Earth.

Sugar Skulls: Small sugar skulls decorated with the names of the departed.

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead): : Delicious bread adorned with bones and tears, shared among family and friends.

Photographs and Personal Items: Elements that connect the living to memories and the presence of the departed.

Celebration in the Cemetery:

On the night of November 1st, families head to cemeteries to spend time by the graves of their loved ones. They bring candles and flowers and often enjoy food and drink in a festive atmosphere.

The Catrines and Catrinas:

Part of the tradition includes dressing up as "catrines" and "catrinas," elegant skeletal figures representing death. These elaborate costumes are a way to mock death and celebrate life.

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Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Friday and Saturday: 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.

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Day of the Dead in Mexico is a unique experience that combines culture, tradition, and spirituality. We invite you to be a part of this beautiful celebration by visiting Mexico and, of course, staying with us at Pardela. Our hospitality will make you feel at home as you explore this vibrant and meaningful festival.


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Written by: Pardela Editorial Team

Date: October 16, 2023

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