Day of the Dead: A Proudly Mexican Tradition

By Honeypete | Honeypete Blog | 30 Oct 2019


On November 2 the Day of the Dead is celebrated, a Mexican celebration of indigenous origin in which the deceased is honored and dating back to pre-Hispanic times. Together, November 1 celebrates All Saints' Day in the Catholic calendar.

The cult of death was one of the basic elements of pre-Hispanic Mexico. When someone died they buried their dead wrapped in a “duffel bag” and organized parties in order to guide them in their journey, in addition to putting the food of their liking in case they became hungry. Currently, every year, people place altars with offerings to remember their dead; The decoration is composed of cempasuchil flowers, and as in pre-Hispanic times, incense or copal is placed to aromatize the place.

The ancient tradition of the Day of the Dead, despite being the same throughout Mexico, has some variants depending on the state.

In fact, there are many sites that we could mention for their particular way of celebrating the dead on these dates: Janitzio and Pátzcuaro in Michoacán, Tláhuac and Xochimilco in Mexico City, or Cuetzalán in Puebla, to name just a few. The party in these places preserves the essence of the tradition nationwide, but each site gives your party a special touch that makes it unique and unforgettable.

If at this time you are visiting one of these places in Mexico, it is worth being a participant in the Day of the Dead. Rest assured that it will be a fantastic and unforgettable experience.


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