DAY of the Dead celebrations are coming to an end today in Mexico, with millions of revellers taking to the streets to honour their lost loved ones. But what happens during the annual festival and where did it come from? What is the Day of the Dead? In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away. The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a time where revellers are encouraged to pray for lost loved ones, to help them through their journey in the afterlife. Mexico City's Day of Dead parade honours quake rescuers On the Dia de Muertos, revellers often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. When is Day of the Dead taking place? The colourful festival is set to take place between October 31 and November 2. Depending on … [Read more...] about Day Of The Dead 2018 – how long is the festival, is it only celebrated in Mexico and what’s it all about?
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Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival has become world-famous thanks to its striking skeleton costumes, flower-strewn altars and age-old rituals. The nationwide celebrations see crowds gather in the streets during the first days of November to honor their deceased loved ones.Although skull face painting and skeleton motifs are common, their purpose is actually the opposite to the Anglosphere’s Halloween celebrations, which take place the night before. Whereas Americans love to scare each other with their deathly costumes, Mexicans dress up in order to become more familiar with death, so they are more at peace when their time comes to pass on.The Day of the Dead, or El Día de Muertos as it’s known in Spanish, dates back to pre-Hispanic rituals. Back then, the summer celebrations centered on the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as “Lady of the Dead,” and lasted a whole month. When the Spanish colonists arrived, the holiday was blended with the Catholic … [Read more...] about Mexico’s Day of the Dead: 54 Breathtaking Photos of El Día de Muertos
Ben Guarino, The Washington Post Published 9:51 am PDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 After John McCain died Saturday, the internet poured its heart out: He was a hero. Patriot. Standard right-wing Republican. Backstabber. Traitor. As soon as the pouring began, the enforcers appeared. In the replies and comments beneath the harsher critiques and nastier names, they admonished: Shouldn't you wait until he's buried in the ground? Don't you know not to speak ill of the dead? Those taboo enforcers rallied around an ancient custom. In the early third century, biographer Diogenes Laërtius attributed the phrase "do not speak ill of the dead" to philosopher Chilon of Sparta, later popularized in Latin as De mortuis nihil nisi bonum. But that custom may be changing. "The internet has taken our expressions of grief and mourning and made them public in ways that didn't exist 20 years ago," said Jed R. Brubaker, a University of Colorado at Boulder information scientist who has … [Read more...] about The ancient taboo of speaking ill of the dead sparks variety of online responses
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Mexican soccer fans called off a Day of the Dead-themed parade in Moscow’s Red Square on Friday after communist lawmakers objected to the event being held so close to Lenin’s tomb. A carnival atmosphere has taken over parts of the capital as thousands of fans pack to watch the soccer World Cup. Mexican fans – whose team is one of the 16 to make it through to the knock-out stages – had planned a party in the zone set aside for them in the city, followed by a street parade to Red Square several hundred metres away. But one of the organisers said they were told by authorities after midday on Friday to hold the parade and event indoors, declining to explain why. Sergei Malinkovich, deputy head of the Communists of Russia party, said people dressed as skeletons – one of the traditional symbols of the Mexican annual holiday at which families honour their dead loved ones – should not be allowed to march on what his party has … [Read more...] about Mexican fans cancel Red Square ‘Day of the Dead’ parade after complaints
By Colleen Long Published 1:37 pm, Thursday, May 3, 2018 Photo: Seth Wenig / Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A cross of wood and stones is seen on Hart Island, which has served for 150 years as New York’s burial ground for the poor and nameless. As many as 1 million souls lie buried there. A cross of wood and stones is seen on Hart Island, which has served for 150 years as New York’s burial ground for the poor and nameless. As many as 1 million souls lie buried there. Photo: Seth Wenig / Associated Press Erosion unearthing bones on New York’s island of the dead 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NEW YORK — Storms and the tides are unearthing the long-hidden bones of Hart Island, creating eerie scenes of skulls, femurs and collarbones on this sliver of land where New York … [Read more...] about Erosion unearthing bones on New York’s island of the dead