Visit Mexico with my company (IndMex Group) to celebrate Diwali, and ‘Day of the Dead’ Festivals. India, and Mexico have many similarities – seeing death as integral part of life – is one of them!
People of ancient Mexico also believed in life after death. They believe on the ‘Day of the Dead’ or ‘Dia de los Muertos’, the souls of their dead relatives come to visit them.
They prepare an alter in their house, and decorate it with photos, candles, flowers. They prepare the favorite food items of their dead relatives, and offer it to the alter. The whole family comes together in a celebratory spirit, and visits cemetery. They also bring food, music, and flowers and fondly remember their dead relatives.
At night, the whole city is out on the streets dressing up in scary costumes that show their imagination of ‘death’. They participate in a parade, and festivities that go on till early morning. The most recent James Bond movie Specter opened with the scene of ‘Day of the Dead’ parade in Mexico City. It is believed that Halloween in the US is somewhat influenced by this ancient festival.
This is a beautiful small documentary by the British Museum in partnership with the Government of Mexico to promote ‘2015: Year of Mexico in the UK’. In this documentary, artist Betsabee Romero, curator Laura Osorio Sunnucks and paleobiologist Omar Regalado Fernandez talk about the meaning, and significance of Day of the Dead Festival, and how it is celebrated in modern day Mexico.
The Day of the Dead Festival is normally celebrated on Nov 1st and 2nd. IndMex Group is taking a group tour (10 people maximum) to Oaxaca, Mexico – a southern Mexican state which is considered the cultural center of Mexico and known for its festivals like Guelaguetza, food and Mezcal. Details of ‘Day of the Dead’ Tours can be found at our website.