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Nov 1, 2016

Mexico Marks the Day of the Dead

November second is observed as “Dia de Los Muertos” or the “Day of the dead” across Mexico, primarily in the central and southern parts. This celebration coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Souls and All Saints Day, but the indigenous people have combined this with their own traditional beliefs of honoring the dead. Here in Belize, the Mexican Embassy is hosting a short display and exhibition to share the celebrations with Belizeans. We spoke with Diego Munoz of the Mexican Embassy.

 

Diego Sapien Munoz, Cultural Attaché, Mexican Embassy

“This is a Mexican celebration that we do almost every yearin Mexico. We want to share the Mexican heritage with the Belizean inhabitants so that they know what we do in Mexico every first and second of November.”

 

Diego Sapien Munoz

Andrea Polanco

“Tell us what is the day of the dead – what does it mean in terms of the cultural relevance to Mexicans?”

 

Diego Sapien Munoz

“Well, it is a big celebration in Mexico. Mainly it is celebrated in the central and southern parts of the country. In the northern part it is more in relation with Halloween because it is on this day, the thirty-first of October. But it’s the celebration that is a combination; it is a syncretic celebration between pre-Hispanic times and Spanish times and it is a combination between Christianity and Pre-Hispanic beliefs. And every year we pay tribute to our dead and celebrate them with an offering, every year.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, talk to us about what we are seeing here on this display. We see candles; a photo of man. Talk to us about who he is and why he is being celebrated?”

 

Diego Sapien Munoz

“Well, he is the architect of the Mexican Embassy. He is Tedoro de Gonzalez de Leon. He passed away on the sixteenth of September of this year. And we have the traditional offering that we do on the second of November. Every altar has to have three things; three levels; earth, the underworld and in heaven where Mr. Teodoro is now.  And we also have the basic elements of the altar. We have the cross, a passage and also it is believed that you have to have a dog and a wooden stick so that when the dead person comes and visit us he can know his way back. We have also the small passage at the bottom of the altar. We have copal and incense because in that way you can call the dead and he can come and celebrate with the living on this special day. This is an exhibition about every celebration that we do in different parts of Mexico. It is on Wednesday, November second at five-thirty in the afternoon. We are going to have aguas frescas, pan de muerto or “bread of the dead” that in Mexico it is made especially for this occasion. It is going to be a fun time, hopefully people can come so that they can see and know and learn a little of the Mexican celebrations on the second of November.”

 

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, November second at five thirty p.m. It will feature thirty three paintings of the “Dia de Los Muertos,” depicting the way the day is observed across Mexico.

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1 Response for “Mexico Marks the Day of the Dead”

  1. Marb says:

    May God, have mercy with these people. How I can see they live by tradition and not by what the word of God says. When someone dies that person’s soul never comes again unless God commands it. My dear people who who is the one for dia de los muertos that comes its demos. why do you think they decorate with scary pictures because the devil is no beauty creature.
    The Holy Bibe Says in Deut. 18:9-14.

    9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. The Holy Bible Says in Duet. 18:9-14.

    10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

    11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

    12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

    13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.

    14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

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