Día de Los Muertos is a three day holiday that begins on October 31st and ends on November 2nd. Known as Day of the Day in English, Día de Los Muertos is an unique Mexican holiday celebrated by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world. Day of the Day celebrations are wonderful family gatherings created to remember loved ones who have passed away. The creation of altars which are called ofrendas in Spanish, can be found both in homes and at the gravesite of the deceased. The altars are believed to help support the deceased on their spiritual journey into the afterlife.
History of Día De Los Muertos
Did you realize that Día De Los Muertos used to take place during the summertime? Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico were based on ancient pre-Columbian traditions that honored their deceased ancestors. This practice has been observed for as long as long as 2,500–3,000 years. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, Día de los Muertos was moved to October 31, November 1, and November 2. This date change was implemented to coincide with the Western Christianity traditions of All Saints Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day.
Altars: Photos, Candles, Flowers And Food
Today’s modern day Día de Los Muertos celebrations continue this amazing tradition that has been a huge part of Mexican culture for centuries. A special time for families and friends to spend time together as they loving remember their those who have passed on, Día de Los Muertos altars are intricately built and personalized to honor the deceased. Altars are usually decorated with calaveras or skulls, bright and beautiful aztec marigold flowers, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. The centerpiece of the altar is a photo of the loved one. Family members spend many hours at the altar remembering and honoring the deceased.
2018 Día de Los Muertos Festival In PV
In Puerto Vallarta during Día de Los Muertos this year? You will be treated to celebrations and decorations around town that honor this special day. One event is Fiesta en la Calle which will be held in the street outside Los Muertos Brewing Company on Lazaro Cardenas and Calle Constitución. The 6th annual Fiesta en la Calle will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 1pm to 11pm and will feature live entertainment, food and drink specials, and fun all day long. The lively and electric atmosphere is sure to be an experience you will enjoy and remember for years to come.
Make sure to attend the Fiesta en la Calle event if you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta for this year’s Día de los Muertos. At home, why not create your own Día de Los Muertos altar? A beautiful tradition to honor your loved ones that have passed, it is also a great opportunity to show respect to Mexican culture.