The day of the Dead: the celebration of the reunion
The Day of the Dead or All Souls` Day is one of the most important traditional holidays in the Mexican calendar. Do not lose the opportunity to discover it from the hand of City Tour Worldwide with Mexico City Tour and the four itineraries of the tourist bus.
Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Humanity by UNESCO in 2008, the Day of the Dead is a celebration that mixes Pre-Columbian and ingenious customs with the customs of the Spanish who arrived in the XVI century. Although it is a traditional holiday for the whole Mexico, it is deeply ingrained in the indigenous culture.
From the end of October until the beginning of November the Mexican people celebrate the temporal return of their beloved ones. It is a day of joy during which people put offerings and candles from the cemetery to their houses in order to help the souls of the passed away in their way back home. Also it’s a tradition to bring flowers and handicraft decorative objects like the famous paper silhouette and the favourite food of the deceased to the cemetery and put them around the thumb or the family altar.
The thing that will never miss in an offering or a family meal are the yellow flowers of Cempasuchil, a colour traditionally associated to the death in this country, and also the typical bread for the dead souls ¨pan de muerto¨, a round bread covered by white or red sugar in opposite lines which symbolizes a skull and bones.
In a difference of what we are used to, to celebrate this holiday during a period of approximately three days. In Mexico this festivity is celebrated during several days and is divided by the objective and by the age of the passed away beloved ones.
If you visit Mexico DF during these days, take advantage of the tourist bus Mexico City Tour and visit the offerings, one of the most characteristic features of the celebration. You will find a several ones opened for the public in the Zocalo, which you could reach by the route Historic City Centre and also by the route Basilica, or in the Centro Histórico de Coyocacán, to which you could go on the route South.