Since the beginning of time, the cult of the dead has manifested itself in many different ways in the cultures of the world. In Mexico, the vision and iconography about death are notable due to specific unique characteristics, such as the solemn, festive, jocular and religious sense that has been given to this cult.
The Day of the Dead is one of the most
important celebrations in Mexico. It has a history related to miscegenation, as
it includes indigenous and Spanish cultural features that, when mixed, gave
rise to all the rites and ceremonies that take place around this festivity and
that continue to this day.
Such is the case of the Day of the Dead altars
(ofrendas de Día de Muertos) that are undoubtedly the most significant symbol
of this holiday and perhaps the most important tradition of Mexican popular
The popular belief is that the souls of loved
ones who left us return from the afterlife on the Day of the Dead to visit the
family. For this reason, they are received with an altar where their favorite
food and drink, fruit, sweets, and, if necessary, toys for children are placed.
Photographs of the deceased and the colorful marigold flowers are also part of
Altars are usually placed in the house,
although some people prefer to install them directly in the cemetery where
their deceased is located. Altars have different levels; for example, the most
common are those of two levels that usually represent heaven and earth. The
three-level altars add the concept of purgatory and those of seven levels
symbolize the steps necessary to reach heaven and thus rest in peace. The
latter is considered the traditional altar par excellence.
When is Day of the
Dead celebrated in Mexico?
The main Day of the Dead celebration is on
November 1st and 2nd. November 1st is a day dedicated to remembering dead
children, while November 2nd is to remember adults.
In some parts of the country, the celebrations
begin in the last days of October, with a different intention every day. On
October 28th are remembered all the dead as a result of an accident; on October
29th, the dead by drowning; and October 30th and 31st are dedicated to souls in
limbo and to unbaptized, forgotten or familyless children.
Our anniversary in Delek coincides with the Day
of the Dead celebrations. So, it’s a season that invites us to reflect,
to analyze what we have learned during the year, and allow us to reinvent
ourselves to go to a new awakening towards the next cycle.
Of course, during these days, we celebrate the
Day of the Dead with the traditional altar, but also with promotions in our
temazcal and restaurant. We also celebrate our anniversary with a great party
set with live music and DJ.
Come and celebrate the Day of the Dead in Tulum
with us at Delek. The place to reconnect with yourself.