Country Holidays

Day of the Dead

Traditional Day of the Dead celebrations takes place on November 1 and 2. If you’ve never heard of the Day of the Dead before, then you may be wondering what this holiday means. Although the Day of the Dead is largely a Mexican holiday, people of Mexican descent celebrate it all over the world. Here are some fun facts about the holiday. The most important thing to know: Marigolds are believed to be the pathways that spirit spirits use to reach their friends.

La Catrina is a symbol of the Day of the Dead

La Catrina, or the skeleton, is the poster child of Day of the Dead festivities. Although a political satire, Catrina has become more commercialized. Chesnut said she represents a universal need to understand the death culture of Mexico. Her skull has become a symbol of the Day of the Dead in Mexico. In addition to being a powerful symbol, La Catrina has inspired art and fashion.

The image of the skeletal figure known as ‘La Catrina’ has deep roots in indigenous traditions in Mexico. The Aztecs, for example, worshipped the dead, believing they had moved on to a better life. The Day of the Dead is a celebration of rebirth and the Mexican relationship with death. Many believe that Catrina was inspired by the Aztec death goddess Mictecacihuatl.

Tamales are the favorite meal of the ancestor

A savory dish like tamales is perfect for a celebration of the deceased ancestor. They are sweet and rounded, and traditionally contain cinnamon, anise seeds, and orange extract. They are typically made from corn flour and are stuffed with shredded pork or chicken, roasted poblano chiles, or queso fresco.

There are many traditions surrounding the preparation of tamales. These foods date back to pre-Hispanic times when the Aztecs offered them to their gods. It is believed that they were the first people to eat corn, and were offered to them as offerings to the gods. Tamales were also considered portable food and were often taken on long journeys and hunting expeditions.

Marigolds are believed to be the pathways that guide the spirits to their ofrendas

On the first day of Dia de los Muertos, many people dress up as skeletons and decorate gravesites. There are parades and families often decorate the graves of their loved ones with marigold flowers and sugar skulls. Families also clean grave stones and lay out marigold flowers in memory of their loved ones. Marigolds are also believed to attract the spirits. They can be placed on the pathways leading to the home or scattered on the altar.

Marigolds are often scattered on the ground near graves on Day of the Dead. They are also used to make a cross on the ground in front of the ofrenda. Marigolds are also thought to cleanse the souls of the deceased when they are walked upon. Marigolds are believed to be the pathways that spirits use to reach their ofrendas on the Day of the Dead.

La Catrina was created by Jose Guadalupe Posada

The skeleton woman depicted in the lithograph, “La Catrina,” was created by Jose Guadalupe Posada for Day of the Dead in 1852. She embodied the Mexican elite, who were trying to adopt European styles and lighten their brown skin. Posada used these skeletal images as an outlet for his social commentary and protests against the dictatorship that ruled Mexico. His cartoons were frequently published in the Mexican press, where he gained a worldwide audience for his satirical illustrations.

Although La Catrina is well-known as a Day of the Dead icon, she was not always associated with the holiday. The original name of the skeleton, La Catrina, was used to mean a rich or elegant woman. Jose Guadalupe Posada was a lithographer and illustrator who became famous for his Calaveras, or skeleton illustrations, which became associated with Dia de Los Muertos.