Images of skulls, death, and spirits point to the same holiday, but these images do not object to the same feelings for these two very distinct appearances towards death. Although the two – Halloween and Dead of the Dead – are celebrated in the same season, there are some key differences between the two:
Day of the dead
Celebrated November 1st (Children) and November 2nd (Adults)
Represented by skulls and skeletons
Known for innocent communication with the spirits of the dead
Welcome the return of the friendly souls of the dead
Respects the life and death of ancestors, family and friends
Looking for Daddy’s Lady Aztec Festival
November 2nd is associated with Catholic Day of All Souls
Celebrated October 31st
Presented by Jack-O-Lantern (Carved Pumpkin)
Associated with evil, magic, monsters and camouflage
Spreading evil spirits with horrible clothes and masks
Indicates the end of summer and the beginning of winter
Growing from Celtic, Gaelic “Samhain” (late summer)
All Saints’ Day of Christianity is connected on 1st November
Renowned for its rich culture and traditions, Dia de los Murtos has become a popular destination in Mexico with people from all over the country celebrating the festival. Because of its uniqueness, it has been adopted by a large number of Hispanic populations in other Latin American countries and even in a few cities in the United States.
When traveling to Mexico or even abroad we present some ideas for celebrating Dia de los Murtos.
1. Enjoy “Pan de Murtos”: Exclusively ready for these dates, this sweet bread tastes orange flavored. It is only sold in late October and early November.
2. Check out the local markets: Trinkets and souvenirs created during the holidays give travelers the opportunity to purchase unique gifts for family or friends.
3. Visit the cemetery: Visit the local cemetery these days to get a closer look at what the traditional Tihya families do. This is a great opportunity for photographers to capture unique moments.
4. Look for Festivals: Although most Mexican family homes do not traditionally make traditional changes in their home, many cities and towns in Mexico (and some cities in the United States) will organize extraordinary and colorful parades, festivals and ceremonies to honor the dead.
5. Take pictures !: For art lovers and photographers, traveling around Mexico right now is a unique opportunity to capture unique moments and return to the country with thousands of amazing pictures.