This Mexican Holiday dates back to the Aztecs (2500 – 3000 years ago) in what is now the Southern part of Mexico. Through the centuries it was a tradition celebrated by communities with a strong indigenous presence. As the tradition slowly kept it’s place in the Mexican culture it wasn’t one that was readily embraced during the 16th Century Spanish colonization.
To bring the peoples together the tradition was moved from being celebrated at the beginning of Summer to now “All Saints Day” on November 1st and became more common in the 20th Century. During this 21st Century the Mexican Government named it a National Holiday and is widely celebrated by Latin cultures around the world.
During the various transitions the tradition stayed true:
To gather with family and friends, remember and honor our ancestors and those who have passed during our own life time in support of their spiritual journey.
We dress in vibrant traditional clothing, adorn our hair with flowers and paint our faces as intricate “calaveras/calacas,” (skelotons) set up alters with pictures of those who have passed with offerings of what they enjoyed while in this world. On our alter we have sweet bread, pozole, bunuelos, Pepsi, tequila, beer and various candies that my Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles enjoyed when they were with us. We share stories and memories of them and pass them on to our own children to retell for the generations to come.
In my family with origins in Jalisco, Michoacan and what is now known as Northern California – we believe that our loved ones visit us on November 1st to eat and drink from our offerings.
For us and many others it is a great way to bring family together and keep a way to pass on our legacy – that is our what we lived and did in this world that has led to the lives being lived by the following generations.
However you celebrate this day, may it be filled with strength and loving memories.
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What are your own traditions? I would love to know!
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