Tradition and tragedy? Mexico is one of the countries with the greatest natural and cultural diversity, in addition to having a unique vision regarding death, hence the indigenous celebrations of the “Day of the Dead” were declared by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Our country has also come to occupy the list of the ten most visited by international tourists.
In Mexico it is not only a tradition that leads us to celebrate death by dressing as a catrina, it is a theme of inspiration for all artistic manifestations. That’s why we present the reasons to visit Mexico in these festivals full of color and traditional flavors.
- The Day of the Dead has all the ingredients of a party (even mariachis).On this date the deceased is remembered, but also what he liked to eat, drink and the music he listened to. Whole families go to the cemetery with beers and food and these are adorned with the cempásuchil, an autumnal flower. There are even mariachis and trios specialized in singing to the tombs to liven up the atmosphere.
- One of the most recognized symbols of the country is a skull.The Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), famous for his engravings, made death one of his recurring themes and represented it as a skeleton dressed in an elegant way. This is how La Catrina was born, an emblematic figure of the “Mexican Day of the Dead”.
- Children are familiar with the subject.That’s why there are even drawings that explain the “Day of the Dead”. In addition, they receive a gift for these dates called “calaverita”.
- There are sweets with funeral motives.The bread of the dead is a sweet bread baked with figures of bones and sprinkled with sugar. There are also sugar skulls: small skulls made of sweet.
- There are numerous terms to refer to “Her”:La Huesuda, la Calaca, la Catrina, la Parca, the Lady in Black, the Faithful Bride and many more.
- Verses are written predicting the death of others.It is what is called “Literary Calaveritas”: little jocular and satirical poems that are dedicated to a living and that deal with their inevitable encounter with death.
- There are thousands of rituals to remember the deceased (how to dig them up).From the simplest – place an altar with cempasuchil and photos of the deceased – to the most unusual: in the cemetery of Pomuch, a Mayan region, the bones of the deceased are exhumed and cleaned every November 2.
Escrito por Emilio el 29/10/2019 Categorías: Adventures