El Dia de los Muertos is a very ancient tradition associated with Spanish culture. The Aztecs had a similar celebration in honor of the children and. The main figure was Mistress of the Dead - Miktekatsihuatl. The Indians Memorial Day was approximately in July and August, but the Spanish priests have decided to move it to the beginning of November. Thus, according to their idea, the pagan festival was transformed into a Christian. However, it wasn't succeeded to crush strong Aboriginal culture: the transfer has taken place, but the ways of celebration had still borne the stamp of paganism. In particular, Mexicans remember the deceased, but not saints and churchmen as it was planned.
This festival is celebrated for two days. The first day is named "El Día de Los Angelitos" (Little Angels Day) and is devoted to commemoration of small children. Adult reserved the 2nd of November, because all the main events fall on the second day. The street processions, especially in small towns and villages, are arranged at that day. The celebration can be very unusual: in some areas of the country's residents organize the darkly solemn torchlight procession, such as funeral, others prefer burlesque fun, bright colors, dances and songs.
The Day of the Dead is required to do 2 things – you must visit the graves of relatives and invite their souls into your house. These events are associated with the consumption of tasty and delicious food. The cemeteries become the place of picnics where families meet their friends. Food here, as a rule, high-calorie and plentiful: meat dishes with spicy and hot spices, chocolate drinks, cookies, sweets in the form of skulls or animals. Also there is a special kind of bread that is called "Pan de muerto", it must include the eggs. Somewhere in this bread people baked small plastic skull: it is believed that the person who he has got there will be happiness.
Graves are generously decorated with flowers (preferably - bright and large). People immediately laid out cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and various delicacies.
All this is done in order to entice the soul of the dead people to visit the living people. Sometimes celebrations get cheerful coloring when relatives of the dead remember at a gravestone the ridiculous or cheerful facts from life of the dead person.
Like any big event, Day of the Dead has created a special industry. The shops are exposed for sale the numerous cemetery accessories, such as decorative cardboard skulls, grim-looking lanterns, scary costumes, plastic skeletons and candy. All this can be given to friends, receiving something similar in reply.
El Dia de los Muertos is a very ancient tradition associated with Spanish culture. The Aztecs had a similar celebration in honor of the children and. The main figure was Mistress of the Dead - Miktekatsihuatl. The Indians Memorial Day was approximately in July and August, but the Spanish priests have decided to move it to the beginning of November.