How Mexicans celebrate "The day of the death" "El dia de los muertos"

November 1st and 2nd

How to Celebrate, the "Day of the death" o "El dia de los muertos"

We started today our celebrations for honoring the day of the death, today November 1st it is said is the "Angelitos day" or "El dia de todos los Santos", Granmothers say it is a special day to remember our loved little children that wanted to return to the "Cielo" (sky) before us, and tomorrow we will celebrate, "the day of the death", where we remember all our loved ones that departed already.

This two days are very special for us, and even we celebrate them with Joy and Hapinnes there is also that feeling when you start remembering all your loved ones, that already passed away, this is the reason that you would see people crying and laughing when celebrating this beautiful days.

We will do an "ALTAR" in the cementery or in our own house, we will add a beautiful picture of our loved ones, cempasúchitl flowes, we offer some salt and water, for the spirit fo purification, favorite food of our loved ones, maybe they liked to drink a special beverage or even smoke a cigarrete and of course the favorite candies and desserts and we decorate with "papel picado".

It is s special day, to celebrate and share it with our loved ones, to celebrate death and our own rebirth, to create an union with our departed souls and to show them our respect and love.

We believe, during the Day of the Dead, it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living.

Families will go to cemeteries to communicate with the souls of the departed, and will build private altars, containing the favorite foods and beverages, and photos and memorabilia, of the departed.
The intent is to invite and encourage visits by the souls, so that the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. The celebrations can be humurous too, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed!

This day November 2nd 2008, would be my first "day of the death" honoring my Dad Jorge, Rest in peace Papá, we was the most wonderful Dad for us, He loved us so much, and he always wanted the good for his family and for everybody, and stayed in the "Good side", even when people was not really nice with him and He always kept the inner peace and continue this way for ever in his life, I learned this and a lot of other "not school" lessons, we miss him a lot... hopefully this day he will leave his restful space and visit us in this funny world today and join us in the party!. =)

I feel his protection and sometimes I hear him in my dreams, giving me advice, I know he is with us always and one day we would be together again.

Well, now we are off to the market, I need fresh flowers, papel picado, inciense, good food, dessert, cigarretes, and candy for my Papá´s first Altar.

And this night we will get together to celebrate this day and to share with our beloved ones that already left us, what we have become and ask them force, strenght and wisdom to continue with out them.

To a Loved Dad from his loved Wife and daughters
in this first day of the death November 2nd 2008
Jorge Salinovich Coronado
7 September 1948- 21 March 2008
Papa a donde vas?
answer: "Voy Pa´viejo"

We love you and miss you!

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