20 Interesting Facts About Day Of The Dead

The realm of humans goes together with the realm of spirits. There is life after death. Souls wander around in our world along with us. Does that sound scary? No? There is a festival in Mexico that not only is the public holiday but an important part of the culture of Mexico. The day is known as ‘The Day of the Dead’ Or ‘Día de Muertos’ in Spanish. Does that sound interesting? Let us put some facts about this Mexican Holiday in the picture:Day Of The Dead
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1. Halloween And The Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead and Halloween, might have similarities in respect of relation with the souls; in reality, they are different. While Halloween is celebrated on October 31; The Day of the Dead falls on November 2.
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2. Bigger Than Christmas Eve

Day gf the Dead Parade
Day of the Dead Parade

In Mexico, the day of the dead is the biggest religious holiday, even more, significant than Christmas. There are massive public events and parades. People also spend a fortune on decorations and food.
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3. It Is Way Too Old

The rituals celebrating Day of the Dead have been observed for as long as about 2,500- 3,000 years.
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4. The Changes With The Time

Initially, The Day of the Dead fell in with the ninth month of Aztec Calendar, that goes on about in August. The date was set in to coincide with the Triduum: All Saints Eve, All Saint’s day, and All Souls Day; associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2 respectively.
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5. It’s Not Just About A day

The day of the dead starts on the eve of November 31. November 1 is celebrated as El Día de los Inocentes (the Day of the Innocents) or El Día de los Angelitos (the Day of the Little Angels), and November 2 is celebrated as Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) for adults.
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6. An Integral Part Of Holiday

Decorating The Cemetery
Decorating The Cemetery In The Day Of The Dead

Cleaning is as an important part of the event. They clean graves and decorate them in preparation of the visitors (dead spirits).
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7. Did You Mean Clean The Bones? 

There is a variation to every tradition or custom. In Pomuch, Campeche, there is a tradition of washing bones of the dead loved ones.
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8. No Crying, It’s Day Of Celebration

The Day of Dead as it implies is not just the day of death but the celebration of life and death. They believe that their ancestors will not be happy to see them mourning for them. Instead, they dance, sing, and tell tales of their deceased loved ones.
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9. Ofrendas To Show They Are Still Remembered


Ofrendas or offerings are prepared to pay tribute to their loved ones. The Ofrendas include orange and yellow marigolds (Cempazuchitl), copal incense, candles, pictures of the deceased, salt and water, traditional Day of the Dead foods and other things that might be specific to the individual (favorite things, toys, clothes, food, etc.).
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10. The Flower Of The Dead

cempazuchitl: Flower of Dead
Cempazuchitl: Flower of Dead

Cempazuchitl (el flor del Muerto– the flower of the dead) is used in massive quantity on the Day of the Dead. It is said that these flowers represent the sun and rebirth. They are also believed to guide the spirits back home.
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11. Sugar Skulls No Candies

Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls or Calavera, are sugar candies decorated with icing to be fun and colorful. They even have feathers, glitter, gems, or other items attached to make them more specific to the deceased soul.
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12. Bread Of The Dead

Pan de Muertos
Pan de Muertos or Bread of the Dead

Bread of the dead is a typical sweet bread, often featuring anise seeds and orange peels. They are often decorated with bones and skulls, arranged in a circle as in the circle of life.
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13. Butterflies That Carries Souls

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies are long believed to be the returning spirits of the deceased relatives, which mysteriously appears at the same time of the year coinciding with Day of the Dead. Aztec traditions believe that the dead spirits will once return in the form of hummingbirds or butterflies.
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14. The Famous Skeleton Of All Times

La Catrina Doll
La Catrina Doll

‘La Catrina’ is the epicenter of the festival of all the things. It is famous all around the world. It was the creation of José Guadalupe Posada circa 1910. Since then, she has become the most important figure in the Day of the Dead.
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15. Spending Night At The Sight Of Deceased

spending night in cemetary
Spending Night In The Cemetary

Spending the night by the Cemetery, inside the graveyard, or picnicking there, is considered to be a part of the celebration.
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16. Recognized By UNESCO

The Day of the Dead is in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, inscribed in 2008; originally proclaimed in 2003.
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17. Even Hollywood Is Obsessed With The Day


The fun and colors of the Day of the Dead have been portrayed in the movies like ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Corpse’s Bride.’ It has featured in prominent movies like ‘The Book of Life’ and ‘Spectre,’ not to forget Pixar’s ‘CoCo.’ The festival has its influence over the American Film Industry as well.
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18. Dog That Leads Spirits Home

Xoloitzcuintli: The Animal Of The Dead

‘Xoloitzcuintli’ comes from two words in Aztecs language: Xolotl, God of Lightning and Dead and Itzcuintli, or dog. The dog is often used in the depictions in Day of the Dead; as it is said that it leads the spirits back home.
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19. Paper Work, That’s Beauty

Papel Picado
Papel Picado

You will find Papel Picado massively everywhere in Day of the Dead. Papel Picado is a delicately decorated tissue paper that represents the winds and fragility of life.
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20. Doomed If Not Celebrate It

It’s a myth about the festival that if you fail to celebrate it, you will face the harsh consequences. According to tradition, if the dead find that their family has been unable to present them with suitable Ofrendas, they might sometimes take revenge, you might have to repent through sickness or even death.
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