A weekend of Celebrating the Dead….

31 Oct

The Mexican Day of the dead

Happy Halloween Everyone…. I hope you’re having a frightful time and have been spooktastically tricking a treating!

My other favourite festival at this time of year is The Mexican Festival of the Dead which is celebrated over this weekend.day of dead

Wikipedia says that Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of AllhallowtideAll Hallows’ EveHallowmas, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

My favourite part of the of this celebration is the amazing costumes and styling. Although it is a celebration to remember the dead the colours and designs are truly stunning. Traditionally, sculls are painted in golds and bright colours. As show in these fab pictures from destination360.com or this amazing face paint from coscouture.com.

scullsMexican food happens to be my favourite type of food, along with every other other type of food. So tomorrow night I will be feasting on a selection of Enchiladas, Nachos, Buritos, fajitas, Chilli and all washed done with Tequila, lime and salt!

 

 

Whatever your celebrations are this weekend I hope you eat and drink and are very very merry!

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