A unique Mexican holiday is Día de Los Muertos, which in English means “Day of the Dead”. This Mexican holiday is a time for people to honor and respect their loved ones that have passed away. In Mexico, the Día de Los Muertos celebration starts in late October and lasts through the first week of November. November 2nd is the culmination of the unique holiday. Family and friends come together to make beautiful altars to honor their deceased loved ones. Do you want to travel to Mexico to celebrate your ancestors? Right now, Villa Group Resorts have special travel packages available right now. They also have stringent health and sanitation measures in place so a tropical vacation can be affordable and safe. Book your dream vacation to Mexico today! In the meantime, read below to learn more about Day of the Dead in Mexico.
- Where Did Día de Los Muertos Began?
The beginning of the Día de Los Muertos event dates back to pre-Columbian times. This practice of honoring ancestors that have passed away has been going on for more than three thousand years. At first, this celebration was held in the summer months, but once the Spanish conquistadors arrived during the sixteenth century, the celebration was moved to the fall. The date was moved in order to coincide with Western Christianity traditions such as All Saints Day & Eve, and All Souls Day. The celebration starts in late October and goes through the first week of November. November 2nd is the actual Día de Los Muertos official holiday. This is the day when family and friends go to cemeteries of their loved ones that passed on, so they can celebrate their life together. Some people even stay all night at the cemetery talking and honoring their deceased loved ones.
- Altars or Ofrendas
Día de Los Muertos is an important part of the rich culture in Mexico. For many centuries, families and friends have celebrated and honored the deceased that have passed on together. They also construct beautiful altars or ofrendas in their homes or at the graveyard. The colorfully decorated altars will contain personal touches of the loved one as well as their favorite drinks and food. They will decorate the altar with calaveras (skulls) along with fresh and vibrant Aztec flowers. In the middle of the colorful altar, there will be a picture of the deceased loved one. Many hours will be spent at the altar in a joyful and heartfelt family centered celebration. In addition, the altars are believed to help safely guide the deceased on their journey to the spiritual afterlife.
- Puerto Vallarta Día de Los Muertos Holiday
During this year’s Día de Los Muertos holiday, will you be in Puerto Vallarta on vacation? For vacationers and locals, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the holiday, but celebrations will still be held with adjustments to keep everyone safe. Some tourist landmarks may have certain restrictions, but remember that all restrictions are designed to keep vacationers and locals safe. In fact, this is the perfect time of the year to vacation in Puerto Vallarta. The weather is excellent, and the Malecon Boardwalk is open! On the boardwalk, you will see many beautiful Ofrendas (altars) on display. It’s a great time to get out in the fresh air and see this unique celebration in person. This tradition is an important element of the culture in Mexico. Just make sure you wear your facemask, practice stringent hygiene measures and enjoy your vacation!
The annual Día de Los Muertos holiday will be observed in Mexico on November 2nd. ARe you ready to book a trip to Mexico and are wondering where to stay? You can celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico at the Villa Group Resorts. They have affordable travel packages for all-inclusive deals at their luxury resorts. They have beautiful properties in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun, Riviera Nayarit and Islands of Loreto. Give Villa Group a call right away and book your stay. That way, you can make your vacation reservation and celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico!