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This is a location and at the same time an event, traditionally on November the second and it is meant for the people of México who are not anymore among us, The Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) represents a mixture of Christian devotion and Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs, altars are offered to the deceased. On these altars are representation of the four main elements of nature, water, fire, earth and wind.

This is a location and at the same time an event, traditionally on November the second and it is meant for the people of México who are not anymore among us, The Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) represents a mixture of Christian devotion and Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs, altars are offered to the deceased. On these altars are representation of the four main elements of nature, water, fire, earth and wind.

These altars and offerings are placed in the houses, in a visible place, most of the time where others people can see it. Those altars are decorated with flowers, especially the so-called cempasuchitl (I know, a tricky name) that has strange orange color, also there water or wine, or in general the favorite drink of the deceased one, most of the times some kind of alcoholic drink and one small skull shaped candies made of sugar. Alos a common thing on display is a photograph of the deceased with candles and other decorations such as colored paper and mexican food.

Of course this takes us to the markets, the places where people go to buy the necesary stuff for the decoration of the altar. On the previous days lots of flowers and selling spots take the streets near the market and we can see all kinds of people, in all ages, searching for all the decorative elements that they need for the celebration. Bakery windows are decorated with skeletons and verses dedicated to the deceased ones. People select the bread they want to offer their ancestors, a food that is later enjoyed by the family.

There are a lot of places very interesting on this celebration day, one of the most famous ones are in the state of Michoacan, in a city called Patzcuaro, which old cemetery offers a great oportunity to see this celebration, also the town of Mixquic. For more info check the links below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Andrés_Mixquic ":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Andrés_Mixquic
http://www.mexconnect.com/MEX/austin/deadoct96.html

written by diablitomx

2 comments

  1. lomomanolo

    lomomanolo

    Este diablito anda captando la esencia. Buena Galería!

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  2. devrimarie

    devrimarie

    I've always wanted to see this, it looks great!

    over 5 years ago · report as spam

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