Happy Halloween (for a few more minutes in my timezone at least)!
Good news! I paid the deposit on an apartment today, so I won´t be homeless (here if you missed the story).
Tomorrow and Friday Mexico celebrates Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. I visited UNAM´s Megaofrenda today and will share some more photos once I get my computer back (currently in the shop getting fixed. My roommate kindly lent me a laptop). Tomorrow morning I´ll be heading to Maltrata to spend the long weekend with my adopted family and experience how they celebrate the holiday.
Not sure what Día de Muertos is? For lack of time/energy at the moment I´ll "recycle" my description from last year:
November 1st and 2nd are very important in Mexico, mixing Catholic and pre-hispanic traditions to honor and "reunite" with those who have passed away. (Though Halloween has managed to work its way into the mix as well these days). November 1st is All Saints' Day for children who have passed away and November 2 is Día de Muertos/ Day of the Dead or All Souls' Day for adults who have passed away. It is believed that on these days, the souls are allowed back to Earth to visit with the family.
Altars or offerings are set up in homes, churches, schools, etc. They typically include a photo of the person the altar/offering is for (so that the souls can recognize themselves and know where to go), candles and orange marigolds (which are/represent light so that the soul can find its way), flowers or something a purple-ish color (that represents mourning), and favorites foods and drinks of the person. The belief is that the soul cannot taste or consume these items, but can enjoy the aroma -- so the stronger the aroma the better.
Interested in my photos/stories from Día de Muertos in 2010 and 2011? Check it out here.