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Since when is the Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico? Details you need to know!

Day of the dead, a very lively tradition

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"Sometimes the hummingbird, sometimes the crow,
Sometimes the owl tells us when we should leave.
But we Mexica do not die,
we only change house, body.
And every year we come here."

As in most civilizations, traditions are nourished by the development of history and the contribution of different communities. The celebration of the Day of the Dead, held on and around November 1 and 2 in Mexico, has its roots in the fusion of pre-Hispanic and European cultures.
The rituals, the ceremonies, the gastronomic variety of each town and city, music and art have enriched this tradition over the centuries.
The most popular belief is that the souls of the dead return to their homes to delight in what their loved ones have given them.
In the pre-Hispanic era, they kept the skulls for use in rituals and as a symbol of death and the rebirth of souls. 

'In the cultures of Mesoamerica, death was the continuity of life'
Millions of Mexicans and thousands of foreigners come together every year across municipalities and cities of the Mexican Republic to experience this festivity. They visit cemeteries, adorn graves, parade and gather to admire the majestic offerings that families and cultural institutions pay in honor of the deceased.
This reverence for death is so unique and attractive to other countries that, since 2008, UNESCO has recognized it with Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is a pride that has stoked this party and confirmed that those who are curious and lovers of culture are attracted to the holiday’s charm.
The colors, the music, the smells and rituals support this heritage that will pass from generation to generation. These traditions first began in the 15th century when the Spaniards arrived in America, changing the date of the Day of the Dead celebrations to coincide with the Catholic customs of “All Saints’ Day and “All Souls.” 

The definition
According to UNESCO, "its origin lies in the syncretism between the celebration of the Catholic religious rituals brought by the Spaniards and the commemoration of the Day of the Dead that the natives carried out since pre-Hispanic times; the ancient Mexicans, or Mexicas, Mixtecs, Texcocans, Zapotecs, Tlaxcalans, Totonacs and other native peoples, moved the veneration of their dead to the Christian calendar, which coincided with the end of the agricultural cycle of corn."
Mexicans have found over time different ways of expressing their celebration of death and all the feelings that overflow this tradition.
This celebration of the deceased is carried out in accordance with the Catholic calendar, on November 1, All Saints' Day, dedicated to children, and on November 2, to the Faithful Dead, dedicated to adults.
With this tradition we seek to maintain a clear awareness of its value and prevalence.
The Day of the Dead marks the meeting of men with their ancestors and the members of any of the communities among themselves. It is a syncretic festivity between the pre-Hispanic culture and the Catholic religion that has given it the pluricultural and multiethnic character of the Country.
Each year this cultural festival is celebrated through parades, contests and artistic expressions that are increasingly creative and showy.
The "lady of death," also known as "La Catrina," marks this festivity that in pre-Hispanic times presided over the god Mictecacihuatl and has won great followers who are characterized by their attributes and colors.
The emotion runs throughout the country from north to south and from east to west. It is a celebration with different philosophical and material meanings. A ritual that puts a premium on memory and remembrance.
This is the story of how the deceased are honored and treated with humor and celebration for life.


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