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Who Is the Virgin of Guadalupe, and What Makes Her Day So Special?

Sophia Boccard

The story has continued to cause awe, and it has inspired believers to the Catholic faith and continues to be celebrated on December 12 every year. The site of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico continues to be the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, as well as the world’s third most-visited sacred site.

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Why We Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Sophia Boccard

Day of the Dead, as we know it today, has been a tradition in Mexico since the 1960s when the Mexican government turned it into a national holiday. It was originally an indigenous observance dating back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to the Queen of Mictlan, goddess Mictecacihuatl, of the underworld.  It was – and still is – a celebration where families come together to pay tribute to their loved ones. There’s a special significance in remembering loved ones, as it is believed that on the Day of the Dead, the souls of individuals descend from beyond the grave to cohabitate with the living.

© Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

© Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

The homage is generally a very colorful and vibrant alter, keeping up with the traditions of ancient celebrations where pantheons were cleaned and painted to represent loved ones. The decoration of the alters is peculiar, as it is customary to put a picture of the deceased surrounded by offerings pertaining to their favorite foods and drinks, their personal items, and water and traditional Day of the Dead bread. The decor is completed by marigold flowers and candles, which are used to help the deceased find their way to their place.

photo credit:  Catrinas  via  photopin  ( license )

photo credit: Catrinas via photopin (license)

For some families, the celebration begins on November 1, as they spend the night in the cemetary dining and honoring their loved ones until dawn. Generally, less traditional families will honor their loved ones on November 2 and shower them with flowers, music, food and any other ítems that the deceased used to enjoy.

Mexicans in general do not fear death, and true to their customs, often make fun of it. An example of how they perceive death is to paint their faces as a calaverita, the message being that someday death will take them.

dia de los muertos

In Mazatlan, we have a tradition called the callejoneada. The tour begins in the Plazuela Machado and consists of visiting various attractions within the historic center, from the House of Culture to the Angela Peralta Theater. Several alters are on display, a donkey pulls a cart filled with beer kegs that are given away, and music blasts as people dance in the streets.

Viva Mexico! How a Cry for Unity Became a Cry for Independence

Sophia Boccard

Mexicans have much to be proud about. 

Their cuisine is deemed a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Treasure by UNESCO.

It has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the top 10 countries with the most sites, 27 in total.

Mexico is an awesome place to visit and is one of the Top 10 Destinations for travel and tourism in 2015.

Mexico produces TEQUILA.

But more than any of the aforementioned subjects, they are also very proud of their country's independence, having fought off the French and Spanish over countless years of wars and battles.

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