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  1. Ivan

    Just wanted to say thanks for sharing an interesting article. I’ve had no idea that there are so many versions of the festival of the dead. Although Halloween is the most popular, I found Dia de Los Muertos to be the most interesting. I like the culture and am always fascinated with their celebrations!

    • You are most welcome Ivan! It really is a very interesting festival and has a very deep meaning for those who observe it, unlike Halloween, which is more fun than anything else. The deeper meaning and the “connection” with the deceased for the European All Saints’ and All Souls Day followers comes with those two days.

  2. Isn’t it interesting, Kerryanne, how traditions differ in different countries, but also change in time?
    I am not religious, and most of the time not very fond of mass celebrations, so I have my own memorials.
    When we were still living in Holland I visited the meadow of the churchyard where ashes are scattered. Both my parents were cremated and they don’t have a grave.
    I was able to save a bit of my Mum’s ashes and I secretly dropped it in the waves in Benidorm where she loved to come.
    I am amazed your daughter celebrates Halloween in Holland. Maybe it is getting more custom for young people nowadays, because I can’t remember ever seeing a Halloween celebration there. 🙂

    • It is indeed interesting how we all experience different things when it comes to honour our deceased. You, for example, secretly dropped your Mum’s ashes to the sea, as you felt it was the right thing to do. Your Mum would’ve surely loved it.
      That’s what everyone does, I think. Go with what feels right and what our dead would’ve appreciated.
      My Mum was a believer, so cremation was out of question. My Dad wanted to be cremated, but, out of respect for my Mum, who passed away a few month earlier, he decided not to, so we have a grave to visit.
      As for Halloween in Holland, nothing could stop her, I think, as it became a tradition since her early childhood. We even celebrated it while living in Russia, where the first year pretty much everyone though we are weird for that, at least 😉

  3. Amy Smith

    I have been brought up celebrating halloween, me and my sister would dress up as witches or ghosts with one of my mums olds sheets over our heads and then we would go around the few houses on our little cut-de-sac trick or treating for sweets never understanding what the trick part really meant.

    I know always do a little party every year for my daughter where we get dressed up and have spooky treats.

    I love the Mexican tradition of honouring the dead, it sounds so lovely and must admit to loving the film Coco.

    Great article and an enjoyable read.

    • Thank you for your kind comment Amy.
      It is such a fun, isn’t it? All the preparation, choosing (and making) the costume, the decorations, the spooky food and the items for the trick or treat… I always feel excited to do it the best way I can and I do have fun while doing it.
      I must admit the film itself was three years ago an inspiration to research more deeply Dia de los Muertos and I really liked what I found out. Glad you liked it as well.

  4. Gorjan Spirkoski

    I’m actually visiting Mexico City on November 1st, and I honestly hope that I can find a costume by then.

    I haven’t heard of Dia De Los Muertos until a friend of mine told me about it the other day when I mentioned that I’m going to Mexico.

    Honestly, it caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting to attain a festival where people gather to celebrate and honor the dead.

    I kind of like it, but on the other hand, I still think it’s a bit creepy. Either way, I’m so excited and can’t wait to get there!

    • Lucky you are! Do not worry about a costume, you can do very well with a painted face also and that will be available on the streets, right there around the parade for just a few pounds (in pesos, of course).
      When you understand the meaning behind the customs you will find it deeply religious and spiritual, but not creepy, at all.
      Do have fun, try to honour in your mind someone you lost and do share with us your experience when you come back!
      All the best for your visit!

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