Remembering the departed
Back in the day, I talked to you about The day of the dead and since this day it’s around the corner I thought we will remember it and learn more about it. One of the most important parts of this celebration is the Altar, during the celebration we remember our loved ones who passed away and we honor their death. The celebration is now part of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
How to celebrate it?
People usually go to cemeteries and build their altars, which contain the favorite foods and beverages of the person you’re remembering, objects that represent their favorite activities or something that describes their personality, as well as pictures or letters to remember the departed. On this day, the souls of the departed are encouraged to visit their living family once a year, with the help of the altar, the visit to the grave, the prayers and just by being remembered. The celebration is usually humorous because of the stories and moments remembered by the family.
The day of the dead requires to eat and drink special foods only sold and made on this season of the year, pan de muerto which is a type of sweet bread with sugar on top, calaveras which are skulls made out of sugar, the best part of it, is that the skulls are decorated differently and very colorful.
As well as candles, colorful paper cut with skull shapes, crosses and different shapes, special yellow and orange flowers called cempasúchil, it is believed that the strong smell of the flowers can guide the souls to their family homes. Some people even dress up as their loved one or as a skull.
These are just a few things that the altar must contain and its meanings, it’s important to remember them specially on this time of the year.