Day of the Dead Celebrations

October 19, 2017

 

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration that remembers and honors those who have departed. With remembrance comes celebration and on these days, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations, flowers, candy skulls and parades. Far from a sad occasion, this time is meant for joyous memories and family gatherings. Here are a few facts to get you familiar with this unique tradition:

 

 

1. In Mexico and in many Latin cultures the Day of the Dead is the most important holiday.This popular holiday is too big for just one day. It’s often celebrated from October 31 until November 2nd. It’s internationally recognized as Day of the Dead but it’s authentic name is  Día De Los Muertos.

 

 

2. The Day of the Dead is celebrated by building a special altarwith specific items that carry meaning.

 

 

3. Decorated sugar skulls are a particularly unique Day of the Dead tradition. The molded sugar skulls are meant to represent the life and individuality of the departed.

 

 

4. Skeletons are an important decoration for the holiday.  Unlike scary Halloween skeletons, Day of the Dead skeletons are more whimsical, including people wearing skeleton makeup and animal skeletons.

 

 

5. Colorful marigolds are known as the flower of the dead. They’re used in alter decorations and placed on the graves of the departed. The fragrance of the Marigolds is supposed to lead the spirits home.

 

Join us this Saturday, October 21st and Saturday, October 28th from 12noon - 4pm for a fun Day of the Dead Halloween Celebration  Enjoy sugar pumpkin decorating, face painting, costume contests, entertainment and more! For event details, visit http://www.marlboroughmall.com/events for more details!

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