Mexico City: Catholics around the world celebrate the Day of the Dead around November 2 in connection with the holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that originated in Mexico in which the dead are joyously celebrated, their spirits awakened to share in the activities they enjoyed in life. All Souls' Day is a day to remember the souls of people who have died and rituals include the offering of mass for the dead, visiting family graves and commemorating lost loved ones.
In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is an event when people hold candlelight vigils and leave food out for deceased relatives. Believing the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Día de Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink and parties.
The deceased are often honoured with sugar skulls, marigolds and their favourite foods. Celebrations often take the form of street parties and parades, characterised by vibrant colours and festivities.
Lively celebrations include masks, painted faces and brightly coloured decorations. Sugar skulls remind us of the fact no matter what we are in life, in death we’re all the same. It’s part of a belief that birth and death are a continuum and assumes the dead would rather be celebrated for what they loved in life.
It’s mainly associated with Mexico, but is celebrated throughout Latin America where families come together to welcome their loved ones with their favourite food, drinks, candles, flowers and incense.
(with inputs from agencies)
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Updated Date: Nov 02, 2015 14:10:57 IST