Want an alternative to Halloween? How to celebrate the Day of the Dead
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When you think of the Day of the Dead, you probably conjure up images of sugar skulls and costumes in celebration of the occasion. Sounding perhaps all too similar to Halloween, the Mexican festivities couldn’t be more different to the popular holiday. While your Halloween celebrations are finishing on the 31st, the Day of the Dead (1st-2nd November) is just beginning. The Mexican Londoner (@themexlondoner) explains to TNS that the festivities are, “without a doubt… one of the most exciting places on Earth.” The country literally transforms with colourful decorations in anticipation of Dia de Los Muertos, weeks before the event is due to begin. The holiday is spilt over two days, All Saints Day on 1st November and Day of the Dead on the 2nd, and is traditionally for families to welcome the spirits on their return home. Whilst many people no longer believe in this, it is an opportunity to honour and remember beloved friends and relatives who have passed onto the hereafter. An altar with the favourite food and drink of the departed is placed in the home and is usually decorated with photographs and items which were cherished alongside the iconic sugar skulls and marigolds – which are in bloom this time of the year. Food is also made for the day including Pan de Muerto – translating to Bread of the Dead which creates a welcoming aroma around the home.
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