One of the reason why to plan your visit to Mexico for November is to be in Mexico for DIA DE MUERTOS! It is a unique tradition and unique experience. Want to know more about the Day of the Dead in Mexican tradition? Join our special activites at Iguana: visit to the indigenous cementery and screening of “Coco” amongst others. The full calendar comming soon! In a meantime read little bit here:
“During this period, the popular belief is that the deceased have divine permission to visit friends and relatives on earth and enjoy once again the pleasures of life. To facilitate this, Mexicans visit the graves of families and friends and adorn them with brilliantly colourful flowers and offerings of food – in particular the sugary “bread of the dead” – spices, toys, candles, and drinks amongst other things. The period is specifically a joyous, ritualistically elaborate celebration of life, rather than a sober mourning of its passing.
The origins of the Day of the Dead rest in the 16th-century fusion of the Aztecs’ belief in death as merely one part in the wider cycle of existence, their ritual venerations and offerings to the goddess Mictecacihuatl (“Lady of the Dead”) for deceased children and adults, and the conquering Spaniards’ desire to accommodate these festivities within the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day…” read more at The Guardian