|All Souls' Day at Campo Santo (10/29/07). Photo by Ute on Flickr from Creative Commons.|
Happy Día de los Muertos from all of us at Tomb Trippin'!
Here's a little information about this fascinating and beautiful celebration.
According to the Huffington Post, "Día de Muertos (or Day of the Dead) originated 3,000 years ago with the Aztecs, who had annual ceremonies, not to mourn, but to honor the deceased and to welcome the temporary return of their spirits .... When the Spanish conquistadors conquered the Aztec Empire in the early 1500's, they brought with them Catholicism, hence All Souls and All Saints Day, which were their own answers to honoring the dead. The result, the Día de Muertos we know today."
Facts about the Day of the Dead (from MexicanSugarSkull.com):
- The Day of the Dead is actually two days--Nov. 1 and 2 (coinciding with the Catholic All Souls' Day and All Saints' Day)
- The spirits of children come back to their families on Nov. 1
- The spirits of adults return on Nov. 2
- Day of the Dead altars made in honor of deceased relatives are called offrendas.
- It's believed that "happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to their families."
The team at Tomb Trippin' wishes you and your ancestors the best.