Traditions of Mexico's Day of the Dead – Mexico
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that beautifully celebrates life and death. It's more than just painted faces and sugar skulls. It's a day where families gather to remember the departed, feast on delicious food, listen to music, dance, and spend time with loved ones.
This year I planned on attending The Day of the Dead festival in Oaxaca, but due to the pandemic, that won't be happening, so instead, I got to learn about and partake in some Day of the Dead traditions at home, which to be honest is the next best thing, right?
Our guide Marisol was such a joy and provided so much insight into the holiday. She gave us a mini-history lesson, explained the many traditions surrounding the holiday, and shared personal stories about how her family celebrates Day of the Dead.
My favorite part of the experience was when we made our own Sugar skulls, although mine ended up looking like a bunch of disfigured blobs. We also made Papel Picado, which are elaborate designs cut into tissue paper, but ours were definitely NOT elaborate. Our guide emailed us simple pre-drawn designs that we printed out. Marisol told us a professional Papel Picado takes about 2 days to make (wowzers!).
If this experience has taught me anything, it's that I need to make more sugar skulls, AND as soon as it's safe to travel, I have to experience Day of the Dead in person, but for now, this online tour was a great introduction to the holiday.