Like every year at the end of October everyone goes crazy about Halloween.
Halloween this, Halloween that...and they forget that not everyone celebrates Halloween...there are about 195 independent sovereign states in the world, with their own cultures and traditions. And even tho most of them have taken on the Halloween tradition to a certain extent, some still celebrate their own way (Not a rant kids, I was at a H-party myself a few days ago ^^ )
One of these countries is Mexico, with its rich and diverse culture, celebrates not just a day but several, under the name of "Día de Muertos" (Day of the Dead).
On this day they get together, build an altar for their dead family and friends with photos, candles, and even the favourite foods of the deceased.
Sugar Skulls, and colourful decorations are to be seen in every corner and loud happy music can be heard. It's a very peculiar but positive way to honor the dead.
Flowers and fruit among many other decorations have also a strong symbolism in the Mexican traditions.
And of course it'd not be the same without the famous "Pan de muerto" and the hot spiced chocolate!
The Mexican "Día de Muertos" is a very beautiful and moving celebration that I'd recommend anyone to experience at least once in their lifetime. I was lucky enough to be able to attend two year in a row and in both cases I left with a feeling of warmth deep inside of me, and a burnt tongue (careful with the hot chocolate!)
Have you ever attended a "Día de Muertos" celebration? What did you find more interesting/Shocking about this tradition? Do you have a similar celebration where you live?? I always love hearing all about your stories, so don't be shy and share them with us down in the comments section :)
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