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Dia de los Muertos

 

"Here’s one thing we know: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is NOT a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

 

The rituals are rife with symbolic meaning. The more you understand about this feast for the senses, the more you will appreciate it. Here are 10 essential things you should know about Mexico’s most colorful annual event:

 

Click here for National Geographic Article and a good two minute video

 

 

 

Dia de los Muertos

 

"Here’s one thing we know: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is NOT a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

 

The rituals are rife with symbolic meaning. The more you understand about this feast for the senses, the more you will appreciate it. Here are 10 essential things you should know about Mexico’s most colorful annual event:

 

Click here for National Geographic Article and a good two minute video

 

 

 

comments (22)

Cela ressemble à  des maquillages d'Halloween.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: True - but these masks are to imitate the dead... and to celebrate them.
a nice image of the trio in spotless whites, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Ayush! They were dancers with the same troupe I've been showing... the Ballet Folklorico de Colores... and this was a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.
A great movie was made in the 40s I think about this, Que Vive Mexico.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I had to look it up, Larry! I'd never heard of it. It appears it was about the Pre-conquest era to the Mexican Revolution, and in the epilogue they depict the Day of the Dead.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 31 Oct 2019, 01:40
intriguing characters
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes! They were part of the same dance troupe I've been featuring... and this was a Day of the Dead celebration
Nice shot, and explanation Elizabeth, I always enjoy this celebration.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! I do, too! A beautiful tradition!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2019, 02:30
VERY informative! I like the focus on catching them mid stride. VERY sharp action shot. Hard to get all that detail in so much white.Bravo!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Bonnie! I really appreciate your comments!!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Oct 2019, 04:14
I remember this from our trip to Mexico, though not at Halloween.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It seems to permeate much of their culture - year 'round.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 31 Oct 2019, 06:20
Here in the UK we try to make out it doesn't happen
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I understand - I think a lot of Caucasians have that feeling toward it world wide. We're just blessed to be so close (by American standards!) to the border- and to live amongst so many of Mexican and Central American descent.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Oct 2019, 06:31
This is all new and intriguing to me Elizabeth..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I hope you enjoy the education - I love living among and working with so many of Mexican, Central American and Native American descent. Their cultures are so beautiful.
  • Anne
  • 31 Oct 2019, 06:52
Superbe
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Anne!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Oct 2019, 07:17
I recall the Day of the Dead appearing as an opening sequence in a James Bond film! It sounds a fine and respectful festival (unlike Halloween - I blame you Americans for such an import into the UK culture smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is a wonderful celebration of life and love.
I'm sorry about Halloween... I've never been a fan, myself!
Un evenement très joyeux sans peur , je préfère ..
Des masques très beaux
Merci pour les explications
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, I prefer this as well!
Thank you, Claudine!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Oct 2019, 07:35
Yes, I heard of this 'Día de los Muertos', a remarkable, joyful way to deal with death and the dead - quite different to our way to remember the dead on our cemeteries tomorrow.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I love this festival. It's beautiful and joyful! Thank you, Philine!
Halloween is not something I enjoy since it infiltrated our culture and virtually killed off Guy Fawkes night!

I don't feel the need to have a particular day to remember those who I have lost
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Guy Fawkes night is a whole 'nother ball of wax!
No - me neither! But I like that this culture believes that their loved ones are released from Heaven for 24 hours to come back and visit!
These fellows must be part of a group to have such perfect make up.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes! They're part of the same dance troupe I've been showing - and this was a Day of the Dead festival!
I seem to recall seeing something about this on TV at some time or other.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It makes me happy!
Great information.. I like how the red pops. friendship
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ruthie! Be safe!
Thank you for providing such informative commentary, Elizabeth. It's good to know the difference. Your capture of this trio all dressed in white with that touch of red really is impressive.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Beverly! I feel blessed to work with and live among so many of Native American, Mexican and Central American descent... I love their cultures!
i think that you posted something about the Day of the Dead last year Elizabeth... i like their outfits....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Probably a couple of years! I love it! Thank you, Peter!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 31 Oct 2019, 22:29
A great capture of this trio in pristine white! A commemoration similar to the Catholic Church's All Souls Day (Nov. 2nd).
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Steven! Yes - in fact, it originally was held earlier in October to coincide with Harvest celebrations... But as Catholicism permeated the Mexican and Central American countries, it was agreed to move it to the last weekend of October, to blend with All Souls Day.
  • harry
  • US
  • 31 Oct 2019, 23:56
good cultural lesson along with a good illustrative photo
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Harry!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Nov 2019, 01:30
Our Frank is that tall One...right?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Riiiiight! smile

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