"Día de Muertos" is a traditional celebration of Mexican origin that honors the deceased. It is celebrated mainly on November 1 and 2. In 2008 UNESCO declared the festival as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Mexico.
This celebration of prehispanic roots takes place in Tequila as in many other places in Mexico. The cult of death in Mexico is not new, since it was practiced from pre-Columbian times, before the arrival of the Spanish, and the Christian evangelizers of colonial times accepted in part the traditions of the ancient Mesoamerican peoples, merging them with european Traditions, in order to be able to implant Christianity among these peoples.
Previously it was common practice to preserve skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals that symbolized death and rebirth. Nowadays, the festivities that take place are processions, family visits to the pantheon to place altars to their dead, accompanied by symbolic offerings (food, drink, personal items, photographs, candles, salt, lime, chopped paper, flowers, skulls , Incense among others), prayers, music and talk to his deceased loved ones in order to revive his memory.
The goddess Mictecacíhuatl who presided over these festivities, known as the "Lady of Death" (currently related to "La Catrina", character of Jose Guadalupe Posada) and wife of Mictlantecuhtli, Lord of the land of the dead, has become a True icon of this festivity worldwide, since this celebration has crossed borders to honor the passage from life to death, an emblematic moment has caused admiration, fear and uncertainty to the human being throughout history.
For many years, beliefs about death have been generated in various cultures that have succeeded in developing a whole series of rites and traditions either to venerate it, to honor it, to frighten it, or even to mock it. Mexico is a country rich in culture and traditions; One of the main aspects that make up their identity as a nation is the conception of life, death and all the traditions and beliefs that revolve around them.
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