Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead

Feliz día de los muertos

Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is around the corner with a whole range of activities in Puerto Vallarta for the joy of Mexicans and national and international tourists. The day of the dead in Mexico is celebrated throughout traditions involving folk art such as parades, exhibitions, food, live music among other activities.

One of the most traditional activities to celebrate is building an altar to celebrate the lives of those who have already died. For several years now, these altars are placed in different parts of our city. This year, there will be altars on the malecon and around the city hall. Dead altars will be ready from October 30th.

And certainly, you cannot miss the Day of the Dead festival that will take place next to the Municipal Market of downtown on November 2nd. Starting at 7 pm, this festival includes the participation of the renowned dance troupe Xiutla that has prepared a special show for this day. There also will be a contest of catrinas (skeleton of the female dandy) made with paper mache and fireworks. For more information and activities, go to https://www.facebook.com/diademuertospv

La celebración mexicana de Día de Muertos está a la vuelta de la esquina y con ello toda una serie de actividades en Puerto Vallarta que lo mismo podrán ser disfrutadas por mexicanos que por visitantes nacionales e internacionales. El día de muertos en México se festeja a través de tradiciones que involucran el arte popular con desfiles, exposiciones, gastronomía, música en vivo, entre otras actividades.

Una de las actividades de mayor tradición para celebrar el día de muertos es la elaboración de altares de muerto que desde hace años se exponen en distintos puntos de nuestra ciudad. Este año, habrá altares de muerto en varios puntos del centro de nuestra ciudad incluyendo el malecón y alrededor de la Presidencia Municipal. Los altares de muerto estarán listos desde el día 30 de Octubre.

Y, sin duda, no se pueden perder el festival de Día de Muertos que se llevará a cabo al lado del Mercado Municipal del centro de Puerto Vallarta el día 2 de Noviembre a partir de las 7 pm, el cual incluye la participación del renombrado Ballet Folclórico Xiutla con un show especial sobre el día de muertos, un concurso de catrinas elaboradas con papel maché y juegos pirotécnicos. Para mayor información y actividades, visita https://www.facebook.com/diademuertospv

Día de Muertos

Day of the Dead, a Tradition Very Much Alive

Day of the Dead, a Tradition Very Much AliveMexico is a country rich in culture and traditions, one of the main aspects which builds up its identity as a nation is the understanding of the dead and all the beliefs that surround it.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration of Pre-Hispanic origin dated back from at least 3,000 years ago on November 1st. and 2nd. It was named by UNESCO an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in a ceremony in Paris, France on November 7th. 2003.

Among the most important components of this ritual of celebration are:

Sugar Skulls
These skull-shaped candies usually have written on the forehead the deceased’s name and are consumed by relatives or friends
La Catrina
A character created by José Guadalupe Posada in the early twentieth century, with it he criticized the Mexican-Indians who despised their heritage by imitating European women. He said that death is democratic, because in spite of people being blond, brown, rich or poor all people end up being a skull. That is how he represented the high society in the folklore of the dead.
Bread of the Dead
It has its origin at the time of the conquest of Mexico inspired by the Pre-Hispanic rituals, now in days is one of the most important components of the offerings dedicated to the faithful departed, for it symbolizes the human body.
Literary Calaveras
Satirical verses created by people to mock living politicians, artists, government officials, etc. Even death itself by mimicking epitaphs and narrating the death of their characters.
Altar of the Dead
An offering made to the deceased regularly adorned with multi colorful paper, marigold flowers, portraits of the deceased, the image of the souls in purgatory, candles, dirt cross, pumpkin and much more. If the altar is for children then toys are placed. Many of these altars are considered true works of art.

People stay up during the night at the grave waiting for the spirit of their dead to descend so he/she can enjoy of his offering. It’s just a matter of time, with joy and remembrance; crying or pain does not exist, because the friendly visit of the deceased is not a cause for sorrow. The exaggerated Mexican hospitality is proverbial which manifest at the slightest provocation.

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