Hi everybody!! Hi Ori I’m here!
I would like to know about traditions in your country.
Here in Mexico we have a very interesting tradition that was inherited by our ancestors, it is called “the dead’s day”. It is celebrated on November the first “all saints day” and the second “dead’s day”, and during that period of time we remember our relatives and friends who have gone.
This season is a fusion of pre-hispanic and catholic religion customs. It is celebrated in many different ways depending of the place. Here in my region (Hidalgo) it is called “Xantolo” (from latin “santorum”). Those day’s people go to the cemetery and cover their relatives’ graves with flowers, some of them pay musicians to play some traditional music (mariachis or guapangos) to their dead. People build roads, made of petals, from the cemetery to their houses, in order to their dead relatives find the way to their houses. In every house an “altar de ofrendas” is constructed, it is a table richly decorated with flowers and paper figures, and plenty of the food and drinks that the dead used to enjoy during his life. It is believed that the dead’s souls come from the otherworld to eat and drink with the living people, and some people claims that food loses its flavor once it was “eaten” by dead. Those days are sold bread (pan de muerto) and candies (calaveritas de azucar o chocolate) with the form of skull or bones.
At the end of the season, people go out side their homes and share all the food they made with people on the street; it doesn’t matter if they are not friends or known people.
This is a wonderful tradition in my country, it is only a brief sight of it, but unfortunately it is disappearing. I’ll like to learn about traditions in your country, please share some of them with us.
p.d. please check my english!!!!!