Celebrating Halloween in Mexico
Halloween is an event with an Anglo-Saxon origin and which is celebrated more in the northern states of the country. Although, the celebration today is more geared towards youngsters who disguise themselves as horror characters and go trick or treating in the neighborhood.
Nevertheless, It’s more common in Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead, which preparations begin from October 27th, when people begin to clean up the sacred precinct or the place where the altar will be located. Four days later, a lamp is placed at the entrance of the altar, whose purpose is to illuminate the path of the dead. On November 1st, dead children are celebrated, also known as the Day of All Saints
On the altar, you will find flowers and white candles, which symbolize the soul of a child who has left our world; to decorate the altar colored tissue paper are used, toys are offered and colorful food like tamales, fruit, chocolate and corn are shown too. At noon, the church sounds its bells announcing the arrival of the cherubs.
Today, Halloween and the Day of the Dead are combined to form a party full of laughter, food, music and color. You will notice that the typical pumpkins are placed between skulls and marigolds and typical costumes of vampires and witches parade through the city streets.
Undoubtedly, it is a unique experience to live and learn both celebrations, which is why to visit Mexico during this time becomes a cultural adventure. If you plan to learn more about the Day of the Dead, stay at any BEST WESTERn hotel and know the great Mexican hospitality. For more information, call 01800 904 7500
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