Day of the Dead
My fellow bloggers and eternal honeymooners, Mike and Anne Howard (HoneyTrek.com) travelled Mexico discovering the unique ways Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated.
“When you eventually pass away, wouldn’t you want your family to remember you with a party each year? You would be welcomed home with your favorite foods, music, jokes and elaborate personalized decorations. Two days would be dedicated to the good times you shared and keeping the fun rolling. We love this light-hearted look at death, and celebration of life, that manifests around Mexico every November 1st and 2nd. Elements of Día de Muertos date back thousands of years, though when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, indigenous and Christian traditions had to find a way to coexist. To practice under Catholic rule, the Aztecs adopted All Saints and All Souls Days and other trappings of Christianity by adding altars and crosses to their pagan displays. What started as a workaround is now one of the most poetic expressions of culture, to the level of earning UNESCO status.”