After observing and reading and learning about this time of year down here in Mexico, I do believe we’re only scratching the surface in what there is to learn and to understand. We obviously don’t know and understand it all…maybe not even much at all. How do you know what you don’t know, right?
Well, the “Day of the Dead” in Mexico is November 2nd (All Souls’ Day in other countries). I have no trouble remembering this. There are never any restaurants open on November 2nd. I never go out to eat on my birthday. Oh well!
There is “All Saints’ Day.” That would be November 1st.
There is Halloween the day before that, obviously.
These aren’t uniquely Mexican days, although the Day of the Dead would certainly come with some traditions, festivities, and religious rites that are unique to Mexico and which may even differ throughout the country.
Here’s a concise explanation of some of the basics:
I always thought that most of the celebrations/events occurred on November 1st and into the 2nd. However, on the drive home from Querétaro this evening, we passed a procession. It didn’t look like a solemn procession as might be seen tomorrow night, but it certainly caught our attention as we passed by. It wasn’t a huge group…maybe fewer than 500 people.
It was around 6 p.m. and this group is no doubt aiming to reach a special altar on a mountaintop not far from our home by midnight for a mass. We can’t really say for sure where they were going or what the entire event would hold, but it was obvious that they had been walking for quite a ways already and had a good ways ahead of them. It’s sad as we think they really believe that taking this walk and attending the mass will benefit their soul or perhaps the soul of someone already dead. A visual reminder of why we all need to reach out to the world of lost people around us all.
The light was fading and we didn’t have our better camera but you’ll see in the pictures a couple of cars with statues on them, one of them was a huge “grim reaper.”