We have Halloween. Mexico has the Day of the Dead. Long before we started carving pumpkins, Mexico was celebrating a day devoted to remembering loved ones who have died. The festival runs from the 31st October untill the 2nd November and here are five reasons why you should be celebrating:
Its better than Halloween
Mexicans see our pumpkins, our tricks or treats, our commercial juggernaut that is Halloween, and raise us something a little more cultural, exciting and more importantly free of slutty nurses and Joker costumes, with kooky events such as sugar skull decorating, screenings of Mexican films, free tequila and gigs.
It's historical, but theres tequila!
Dating back to Aztec times, the Day of the Dead festival has for 3000 years, honoured the deceased with graveside vigils, stories of remembrance, while also offering jars of tequila to the departed.
The costumes are to die for
The Day of the Dead is all about skulls. And flowers. Think floral skulls. Whether they are sugar ones that families create as offerings, the wearing of masks or face painting.
Dancing. Lots of dancing!
One of the main elements of the Day of the Dead involves celebrating the deceased through dance. Observers traditionally sewed seashells on to their clothes so that the clattering would wake the eternally sleeping.
James Bond is a fan
007 himself celebrates the Day of the Dead in the new Bond movie Spectre. So it must be cool, right? If Daniel Craig donning a skull and darting through the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, is not a seal of approval, we dont know what is.
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