The Day To Remember The Lost Loved Ones
Have you watched one of the best animated Hollywood movies of 2018, Coco? If not, perhaps today’s the perfect day to watch it. The boy in the movie, on the day of the dead, finds himself in the land of dead, where he uncovers his family’s history and his grandpa.
Talking about The Day Of The Dead, celebrated on November 2nd, is a traditional Mexican holiday that stems from the ancient indigenous people of Mexico. On this day, it is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit their living family members. Many people celebrate this day by visiting the graves of deceased loved ones and setting up alters with their favorite food, drink, and photos. It is a time to remember the good times and remember the loved ones who are no longer with us.
Here are some things you may not know about the Day of the Dead festival:
1) It’s not Halloween, and it’s not supposed to scare anyone
Festival celebrators tend to believe that death is something that should be celebrated in a lively way, and not something to be afraid of. The serious tone of Day of the Dead is accompanied by rich and colorful decorations.
2) Primarily celebrated in Mexico, but this festival is seen in many parts
The Mexican festivities are by far the best known, but Mexican communities in America and South America also take the time to celebrate death each year. But Mexico is not thought to have been the source of the celebrations. Instead, modern celebrations have been traced back to the Philippines, which was governed from Mexico City by the Viceroyalty of New Spain in the 1500s. The festival is also seen celebrated in Brazil, Ecuador and Belize. Those individual celebrations tend to have their own small variations on the celebration as a whole.
3) Skull and face paints have specific meanings
Yellow represents Sun and unity because under the Sun Red represents life, or, more specifically, the blood of life. Purple represents the understandable mourning that is felt by those who lose loved ones. Pink signifies happiness.We are all the same. White is used to depict the spirit and purity.
The scent of the Marigold is thought to help lead spirits back from the cemetery to their family homes. Monarch butterflies are thought to represent the soul of the departed. Sugar skulls aren’t morbid, they’re a representation of the cyclicality of life as we know it.
Have you heard about this festival before?