Headed to Cancun soon for a fall vacation in Mexico? If so, you should know that Dia de Los Muertos is coming up on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. Known as Day of the Day in English, Dia de Los Muertos is an important cultural event that is celebrated throughout Mexico. Dia de Los Muertos is a unique and interesting Mexican holiday that begins on Halloween and extends for 3 days of festivities until the culmination of celebrations on November 2nd. Dia de Los Muertos is a time where friends and family come together to honor and pay respect to loved ones who have passed away. Elaborate and colorful altars, known as ofrendas in Spanish, are constructed to honor the deceased and help support them on their spiritual journey into the afterlife.
The History of Dia de Los Muertos
Dia de los Los Muertos was originally a summertime tradition that was inspired by ancient pre-Columbian practices that honored their deceased ancestors. The ritual of honoring loved ones who have passed away has been practiced for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. When Spanish conquistadors landed in Mexico in the 16th century, the timing of the celebration was adjusted in order to coincide with All Saints Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. Since then, Dia de Los Muertos celebrations began to be observed on October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd.
Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos
In modern times, Dia de Los Muertos continues to be a special celebration in Mexico where families and friends come together to honor loved ones who have passed on. In Cancun and throughout Mexico, much care is taken to lovingly construct elaborate and personalized altars to respectfully honor the deceased. The altars are typically decorated with calaveras or skulls, aztec marigold flowers, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Usually, the centerpiece of the altar is a photo or multiple photos of the loved one who is being honored. Also, candles are placed on the altar. Family members and friends often spend many hours spending time together at the altar talking about and remembering their loved one. Dia de Los Muertos is a beautiful and culturally unique tradition that memorializes those who went on before us.
Dia de Los Muertos in Cancun 2019
Are you heading for vacation in Cancun this fall? If so, remember that Dia de Los Muertos will be held starting on Oct. 31st through November 2nd. In Cancun, you are guaranteed to see Day of the Day celebrations around town. One popular Dia de Los Muertos event will be held at the Parque Las Palapas from 5pm to 10pm every day during the three day event. Parque Las Palapas is one of Cancun’s most popular tourist attractions, and is centrally located in the middle of town. There, you can enjoy live music, dance, a catrina contest, altar exhibitions and lots of great food. If you want to take the chance to dress up in a Halloween type costume, this is the place to do it. Dia de Los Muertos in Cancun is sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget.
Remember, if you find yourself in Cancun from October 31st to November 2nd, make sure to attend the Dia de Los Muertos events in Parque Las Palapas. Each day from 5pm to 10pm, there will be loads of interesting altars, exhibits, activities, music and food for the whole family to enjoy. Back in your own home, you can even create your very own Dia de Los Muertos altar to pay respects to your loved ones that have passed on. This wonderfully unique tradition is also a beautiful way to respect the amazing and vibrant culture of Mexico.