Halloween vs Dia de Los Muertos
It is a very special time to be in San Pancho! The jungle is lush and green from the rains of summer. The shops and businesses in the village are all starting to open for the season there is an air of excitement and anticipation of things to come, and we get to enjoy the celebration of two amazing holidays!
Halloween in San Pancho is a special treat; we can't imagine being anywhere else on this day. The children fill the streets dressed in costumes, the little ones walking with their parents. They chant the Mexican version of trick or treat. "Queremos Halloween, queremos Halloween, si no nos dan dinero, haremos cochinero!" and it is ADORABLE! The reward for their sweet song is candy,
. Halloween is not a traditionally celebrated holiday in Mexico, but the children in our town know how to do it right!
Dia de Los Muertos, on the other hand, is a very traditional celebration - it is beautiful and somber. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
Artist - Mike Bell