Mexico has a rich history, and one of the major holidays that originated there was Dia de los Muertos. Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is celebrated every year on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd with festivals and lively celebrations.
History of Dia de los Muertos
This holiday originated because they assumed the dead would be insulted if they were mourning or had sadness over their passing. In response, they decided to celebrate the lives of those who passed with food, drink, parties, and activities to enjoy the life of those no longer with us. This day can be traced back over 3,000 years. Initially hosted by the Aztecs where Central Mexico now locates. It was believed that after death they would then come back to the earth on Dia de los Muertos. According to old records, and celebrations, the Day of the Dead is the only day that the “spirit world” opens up to the “real world.” This allows spirits to walk the earth and celebrate with their ancestors. Traditionally they would host those who passed as spirits with food and drinks in celebration of their life.
Today, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated every year on November 1st and 2nd. It is celebrated with costumes and parades, as well as with festivals throughout Latin America. It is common practice to dress up as skeletons during this holiday. Also, food is an important aspect when it comes to this Mexican holiday. They have candy, such as sugar skulls, but there is a lot more than just candy on this day. On Dia de los Muertos they will have food ranging from pan de muerto, to altars and tamales and even champurrado (a thick hot chocolate).
We will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Condesa with delicious food and drinks on November 2nd. To celebrate, we will also be giving away a prize to the person with the best sugar skull costume or best Catrina. To be entered into the prize you must be in attendance at our restaurant on the day of the event. For more information go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CondesaRI/
This information was gathered from History.com. If you would like to learn more about Mexican history check out our other blogs here: www.condesa.com/blog