Did You Know? Countdown to Days of the Dead 2009 (10/31)

dyk-dod09

Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mexico’s
Days of the Dead
(Los Dias De Los Muertos)

Oct 31 : DOD celebrations begin tonight

Did you know that calacas, handmade skeleton figurines, are a typical decoration in Mexico during the Day of the Dead?

Calacas usually show an active and joyful afterlife and traditionally feature generals on horseback, brides and grooms on their honeymoon, and musicians.

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Unlike the modern-day interpretation of Halloween, Los Dias de los Muertos is neither morbid nor gloomy but rather a festive remembrance of those who have departed.

Los Dias de los Muertos, which is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd, can also be referred to as (the singular) El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)



Leave a Reply

© 2014 Holidays on the Net Designed and Maintained by Studio Melizo