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Every year, Mexicans prepare to remember – among flowers, offerings and songs – those loved ones who embarked on the so-called last trip, the one that would have no return, were it not for a beautiful and renowned celebration gives passengers a ticket that allows them to return, even for a few hours, to the world of the living.

The tradition of Day of the Dead in the country is so colorful and full of symbolism that since 2003 it has been part of the list of Cultural heritage Intangible of Humanity by UNESCO.

Waiting for the arrival of the souls of the deceased who fleetingly escape from the afterlife is, most likely, one of the most deeply rooted celebrations in Mexico. The sweet vigil charged with joint faith, in addition, customs and rituals from both the Old and the New World.

traditions recognized both in Mexico as in the world are the colorful celebrations that take place in various towns of Michoacán. On the other hand, in the Huasteca region (Veracruzana, Hidalgo and Potosina, among other areas) the Xantolo (Feast of all Saintss) in which music, dances and the famous zacahuil (tamale with chicken or pork wrapped in papatla leaves) are not lacking. And in the Yucatan Peninsula, the richness of the Hanal Pixán (Food of the Souls, in Mayan) shines.

In Aguascalientes, the State of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla and other states it is a real pleasure to cook the favorite stews of the deceased as a family to place them in an offering next to the traditional bread of the deadthe pumpkin in scratch, the sugar skulls as well as a beer, a mezcal or a tequilita.

That they are not lacking in those also called altars, the chopped paper, the copal in the incense burners, the candles, the little mounds of salt, the glasses of water, the cempasúchil and velvet flowers, the mats, the lime cross and, of course, the photos of those who have advanced in the way… His memory must overcome oblivion.

During this time, when going to cemeteries, museums and towns, it becomes clear that, in Mexico, death is usually alive. Either this year or in the years to come, try to:

– Appreciate the work of rural people who have been growing flowers for months.
– Buy items from your offering at local markets or fairs, to support families that make alfeñique candies, sugar skulls, and papel picado.
– Hear the stories about our ancestors, in some small town in the interior of the Country.
– See, in Aguascalientes, the work of José Guadalupe Posada, creator of La Calavera Garbancera, known as La Catrina.
– Visit the artisans of Capula, Michoacán, and acquire clay catrinas.

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J. A. Allen

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