The name may sound ominous and even a little worrying but rest assured that it is simply a day of remembrance, where the living remember their family members who have passed on through colourful celebration.
It takes place in Mexico where it’s known as Dia de los Muertos but there are also many other versions around the world, which have a similar focus of remembrance. This unique celebration of life is held on the 1st and 2nd of November and is becoming increasingly popular in some parts of the southern United States, where Mexican immigrants continue the tradition. If you’re looking for the best places of where to experience these celebrations they can take place pretty much anywhere in Mexico and southern parts of America. Much of the celebration takes place within people’s homes and also local graveyards. Families will visit the graves of deceased family members and remember them by cleaning their gravestones and placing fresh flowers and other decorations. Families will socialise with one another through the night reminiscing and telling their own unique stories about their loved ones.
Within larger communities you will see parades with bright colours and costumes. Street parties are also very popular and although the subject may sound morbid, the atmosphere is very lively and happy. These street festivities are paraded for public appreciation, and the more private celebrations are almost always held within homes and graveyards. It is believed that spirits who aren’t honoured in the remembrance can seek out vengeance on those who have forgotten them, which is why taking part every year is very important. Although not many believe this, it certainly is a good motivator to get in the spirit of things.
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