What is Dia de Los Muertos? (Day of the Dead)
Dia de Los Muertos in Spain is a great occasion.
Spain has some unique festivals and, it also has some shared ones. One of my favourites is Dia de Los Muertos or, in English, Day of the Dead. I’ve pinched a few pieces of interest and included some links for you to read more.
One of my all-time favourite websites is History.com. This site is an absolute goldmine of interesting information. So, it’s not unusual (sang Tom Jones) that I would pillage some facts and information relating to Day of the Dead.
The Day of the Dead (el Día de Los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.
A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de Los Inocentes,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day.
November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.
Is Day of the Dead in Spain any different?
The days of celebration in Spain are November 1, All Saints’ Day (día de Todos Los Santos ), it is celebrated that all the saints have ascended to heaven and on November 2, which is the day of the dead (día de Los Difuntos), all loved ones are reminded that have passed away. Read more
These days are similar to Halloween in as much they are an occasion for a great family gathering. It is also a time of reflection and remembering those who have passed before us.
What is Halloween and why do we celebrate it?
The festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year and occurred about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is often associated with death, as Celts believed that ghosts returned to the earth on this day. See more.
Nerja is no different. The children will happily celebrate Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos and Todo Santos. They don’t miss a trick. LOcal families and holidaymakers alike will be enjoying this great time of the year.