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Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
Scholars trace the origins back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world.
Skulls and Skeletons
The most popular Day of the Dead icons are skulls and skeletons. Day of the Dead skulls and skeletons are whimsical and colourful, rather than frightening or macabre. They symbolize mortality and the cycle of life and death. The people of pre-columbian Mexico saw the skull as a symbol of life.
“Ofrendas” are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish. They are also called “altares” or altars, but they are not for worshiping. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of the ancestors. A table is covered with a white cloth and decorated with fruit, flowers, candles, and photos of the dearly departed.
In some cultures, children in costumes roam the streets, knocking on people’s doors for a calaverita, a small gift of candies or money. This relatively recent custom is similar to that of Halloween’s Trick-or-Treating.
Day of the Dead 2012 Celebrations in London
The Old Vic Tunnels bring vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations to London with a four-day festival of music, food, art, and film–including a Family Day.
Benitos Hat Mexican Kitchen celebrates Day of the Dead from November 1 to November 4 with free Pan de Meurtos (a home-baked sweet bread) Vampiro cocktails, and a fancy-dress competition.
Haunted London Tour
In true Day of the Dead fashion, do not fear death, but recognize it, mock it, and even defy it with a tour of Haunted London! Dress in your Día de los Muertos best and tour London’s spookiest haunts in the comfort of a London Black Taxi.
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