Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos is one of the most unique holidays in the world, and El Cid Vacations Club has the best way to experience it firsthand. An annual tradition of Mexico, Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of deceased family members, and is full of extravagance to please the spirits. Parades, parties, and decorating are all a part of this holiday, as the entire country comes to a standstill for October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd. Each city has their own way to celebrate Day of the Dead, and this article will look at how Cancun does theirs.
Day of the Dead has been celebrated since Mexico’s pre-Columbian discovery. The modern Day of the Dead festival fell on the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, and used to be an entire month of celebration in August. The festivals were dedicated at the time to the goddess known as the “Lady of the Dead”, a precursor to the more modern La Calavera Catrina. The smiling skeleton of Catrina dictates that there shouldn’t be any sadness associated with death, but celebration of life. This is evident in the Day of the Dead parades, where everyone is either face painted as a skeleton, or some in full skeleton costumes. It’s a remarkable sight to see, and one that you can see live if you book your trip to Cancun with El Cid Vacations Club.
Families spend all year preparing for Day of the Dead, and will spend the three days cleaning the graves of their loved ones, as well as preparing meals for the souls of the departed. They will leave blankets and pillows so that souls may rest on their journey, and some families spend the entire three days at the gravestone of a loved one that has passed away.
Day of the Dead is separated into two days. November 1st is Día de los Inocentes, or Day of the Innocents. This day is dedicated to young children that have passed away. Families will create alters for these children, and leave toys, candies, and other childlike items to ensure that the child’s soul is happy and at peace. This is to encourage the spirits of the children to visit, so that the souls will hear prayers directed to them. November 2nd is the Day of the Dead official holiday, remembering the lives of adults that have passed. Families will cook the favorite foods of the departed, as well as bring them tequila and other beverages.
There is a lot more that you can learn about Day of the Dead, but the truly best way to learn about it is to experience it for yourself. The best way to achieve this is by booking a trip through El Cid Vacations Club. El Cid offers the best rates, most generous discounts, and exclusive benefits for their members. So if you wish to travel to Cancun, or any other destination, the best way is by using El Cid Vacations Club. Happy travels!