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day of the dead

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations!

Day of the Dead is a rare holiday for celebrating death and life. It is unlike any holiday where mourning is exchanged for celebration.

“Day of the Dead is a holiday to remember loved ones by sharing a meal with them as one would when they were alive.”

CALAVERA

SUGAR SKULL

There is probably no more iconic symbol for Day of the Dead than the skull, or “calavera”. The “calavera” is usually an ornately decorated representation of a skull, often featuring flowers, animals, and other decorations. During the holiday, this imagery is seen everywhere, from Ofrendas, to paper crafts, and even to cartoons on newspapers. In a way, the Calavera has become an embodiment of the holiday itself.



Skull

The Origin of Sugar Skulls

The reason goes all the way back to prehistoric times, when the skull was a predominant figure in Mesoamerican societies and cultures in various aspects and depictions. One of these depictions was the tzompantli, a wooden rack in which the skulls of war prisoners or human sacrifices were displayed. These civilizations believed in a spiritual life after death, and so these skulls were an offering to the god of the underworld, Mictlantecuhtli, who would assure a safe passage into the land he ruled. The tzompantli could also be an altar illustrating this journey from the terrestrial life into the spiritual one, and it’s not uncommon to find sugar skulls that are decorated and colored with Mictlantecuhtli’s face!

With the arrival of the Spanish conquerors and their religion, these traditions were lost, and yet a part of them was kept alive by maintaining the figure of the skull in a sweet confection that we can place in our altars as part of our offerings to the deceased.

Tacos

Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor are thinly sliced pieces of marinated pork that make for the best taco. Serve them up with some sliced onion, pineapple, and cilantro and you have yourself a fantastic dinner your family will devour.



Guacamo

Guacamole

Guacamole is a creamy, avocado-based dip that's most commonly associated with Mexican food. It's typically eaten with chips or as a topping on tacos or various other delicious meals.

The name comes from an Aztec dialect via Nahuatl āhuacamolli which literally translates to "avocado sauce"



Pozole

Pozole

Pozolé, is a traditional Mexican soup. Because making it is labor-intensive and time-consuming, it’s often a treat for special occasions. Pozole comes from the Nahuatl word “pozilli,” meaning “foam.” Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs, an indigenous people of modern-day Mexico.Pozole is made with hominy, which is processed corn with the germ removed, and meat, traditionally pork.

What is the Mexican art called?



In Mexico, both crafts created for utilitarian purposes and folk art are collectively known as “artesanía” as both have a similar history and both are a valued part of Mexico's national identity. Mexico's artesanía tradition is a blend of indigenous and European techniques and designs.

Folk art, in general, serves as a continuous source of inspiration, especially in places like Latin-America, as it has completely come into its own away from the influence of major artistic movements like the European Renaissance. In this sense, it is much more limitless as it is free from the scrutiny that has abounded what we consider classical art, and to this end, it can be described as a pretty fearless form of self-expression.

Jarabe Tapatío

The Mexican Hat Dance originated in Jalisco, Mexico. In 1924, it was named the national dance of Mexico in an effort to bring together several different cultures together as one national identity. Since then, it became the national dance, and it has also become a symbol of Mexico around the world, especially in the United States.

Music involved in the Jarabe Tapatio: The musical instruments generally used in this dance form include guitars, harps, and violins. Furthermore, the music for this dance is usually composed by the “Mariachi” bands.

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