Dio De los Muertos
Dio De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) translated into English is, in fact, a two day holiday for people to honor the dead the first days celebrations is for Children and infants who have died, they are believed to have a special place in heaven held for them and are referred to as Little Angles or (Angelitos).
The second day is to celebrate and honour adults who have passed on.
Most cultures around the world shy away from the talk of death. But the Mexican culture embraces death and use the Day of the Dead (Dio De Los Muertos) to celebrate the life and death of family and friends that have passed away. The Two days are all about festivities and honoring not of mourning. While Mexican culture is not the only one to celebrate death it is very uncommon and often taboo. The people of China also celebrate death in a similar way.
The Day of the Dead was originally celebrated for thousands of years by the ancient Aztec Indians, in late July and early August, however, this changed when the Spanish conquered Mexico in the 1500’s the Spanish saw the celebration as a pagan ritual.
To try and stamp out people from celebrating this festival the Spanish moved it to the same date as All Saints and All Souls Day between October 31st and Novemeber 2nd depending on your regional area, this ultimately failed, and Mexicans all around the world still celebrate it to this day.
On the Day of Dio De Los Muertos they often set up substantial family feasts with lots of personal mementoes of there lost loved ones decorating the place and aswell there loved one’s favourite dishes, a traditional bread that is often made and eaten during these celebrations is called Bread of the Dead or Pan de Muertos.
The family of the dead often visit the cemetery to pay there respects and also decorate the tombs and burial plots of the lost loved ones, they also usually enjoy a feasts there and have mariachi bands playing music.
Fireworks and pyrotechnics are used in vast amounts during the two day festival of the dead, and a lot of the fireworks used during this time are produced in Mexico specifically for Day of the Dead.
A short video from the daily telegraph showing the day of the dead parade and celebrations in Mexico City
A professional fireworks display for the Mexican