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As a bit of history,
Day of the
Dead traditions appear rooted in pre-Hispanic beliefs that the spirits
of the dead
went neither to a heaven or hell, but wandered for years before entering Mictlan, the "Land of the Dead".
Exact traditions and celebrations vary throughout Mexico due to its sixty or so indigenous groups. In some areas
the relatives of the deceased burn incense over the altars, while in other communities people light
bonfires in their house doorways to guide the dead home.
Some Mexicans have all night vigils while others arrange an afternoon meal
at the gravesides of their departed loved ones, friends and relatives.
These gatherings are often festive and solemn by turn.
The Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico also combines the Spanish catholicism of All Saints and All Souls Days
with the symbols and mythology of the earlier pagan and more ancient indigenous traditions
(much like the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration combines catholic and pagan influences).
Day of the Dead altar to renowned Mexican poet, writer and intellectual Octavio Paz
(1914-1998) who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.
Day of the Dead altar in Puerto Vallarta October 31, 2010
Notice the Catrina (female skeletal figure representing death), the many skulls, often made out of sugar,
and of course the ubiquitous candles - as Day of the Dead traditions would have it, to help light the way back to
their ancestral homes on Earth, and for their return to the "Land of the Dead"
Orange marigolds are popularly believed to attract the souls of the departed for Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead altar to Puerto Vallarta resident and champion boxer Marco Antonio Nazareth, 23,
who died July 22, 2009 from brain injuries suffered in a boxing match several days earlier
This is quite a full, fine example of an altar: with many candles, offerings of the deceased's favorite foods
and drinks, the Catrina and skeleton, Day of the Dead bread, personal artifacts and memorabilia,
handwritten cards with prayers, poems or words about the person being honored,
and orange as the dominant color to welcome home the spirit of the departed.
Mexico Dia de Los Muertos commemorating a member of DIF
Altar to children and youngsters of low income who have died of cancer in town and were
assisted by the Puerto Vallarta charity Canica (Support Center for Children with Cancer) & the Women's Association of Vallarta.
While taking this photo and admiring the altar I met and talked to the mother of one of the
boys in the main photo area, "almost 7 years old", who had died 2 years ago.
This is the only Day of the Dead altar I've noted specifically for children - see how it is loaded with toys.
A colorful Day of the Dead altar on the Cuale River island, with ancient traditional motifs and patterns.
This is one of my favorite commemorative altars because of the bright colors and large centerpiece.
The main town cemetery El Panteon in the 5 de diciembre colonia/neighborhood
is the site of many observances during this day and night, but compared to more traditional
parts of Mexico like Pátzcuaro in Michoacan or the state of Morelos, festivities in Vallarta are rather sedate.
Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebration at the municipal flea market November 2011
Altar at downtown city hall in November 2012 to Carlos Fuentes Macias (Nov 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012)
who was an internationally acclaimed Mexican novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter.
He received numerous awards in his lifetime including the Mexican National Prize for Arts and Sciences,
UNESCO's Pablo Picasso Medal, and the National Order of Merit of France
at Cuates y Cuetes restaurant-bar on Los Muertos beach November 1, 2012
"Tears make the road back to heaven slippery" - Saying
"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." - revolutionary Emiliano Zapata
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