Celebrating Day of the Dead in Los Cabos
You’ve probably heard a lot about the “Day of the Dead” or “Dia de Los Muertos” and may even be wondering how it is celebrated in Los Cabos – here’s a quick guide to understanding this Mexican national holiday:
Dia de Los Muertos is not simply a Mexican version of Halloween. It’s important to note that it’s not a morbid or scary holiday, rather a time to honor and celebrate the lives of departed family members.
Dia de los Muertos is a day for the living to connect with those who have passed. It was originated through a combination of indigenous Aztec rituals with Catholicism and was brought to Mexico by Spanish conquistadores.
During the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the dead returned to earth, and this is why people create shines with the favorite things of their departed loved ones: food, drinks, flowers, and clothes.
Shrines. Families build elaborate shrines for the dead. They bring candles, flowers, and the deceased’s favorite foods to their gravesite to create an offering. Shrines are also created at home with a picture of the deceased and are adorned with the deceased’s favorite items; whether it’s food, a bottle of tequila, or toys for deceased children. They believe the deceased can still enjoy these offerings.
Flowers. Marigolds are the official flower. Shrines include orange Mexican marigolds (cempasuchitl) which are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings.
Bread. Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead) is a symbolic way of honoring loved ones. It’s a sweet roll that is decorated with bone-shaped pieces to represent the deceased. The top is decorated with a single tear drop that represents tears for the living. It is round in shape to portray the circle of life. Aside from bread, sugar skulls bearing the names of the deceased are eaten by a relative or friend.
Skeletons. One of the biggest representations of the Day of the Dead is “Catrina”. Catrina is a skeleton created by Jose Guadalupe Posada. She is a costumed in a fancy French hat that is a parody of a Mexican upper-class female. Many women have their faces painted during this time to represent Catrina. The skull and skeleton figurines that have become mainstream are based on Catrina.
It is believed that at midnight on October 31st, the gates of heaven are opened and the spirits of deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. After that unification, on November 2nd, the adults spirits come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them by their living family member.
Day of the Dead wasn’t always celebrated on October 31st. It was originally celebrated in summer and was celebrated for the entire month. It was moved to October 31 to align with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2).
Here are some great places to celebrate Dia de los Muertos here in Los Cabos:
Their 15th Annual Celebration of Life features a visually stunning live performance by the Frida Kahlo dancers, traditional altars and delightful food & beverages under the glow of Cabo’s magnificent full moon. Sample El Lugareño Cocina new seasonal menu. Dinner reservations strongly recommended.
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Enjoy the 4th annual Day of the Dead Altar Competition at Flora Farms! Connecting local businesses with local charities! Yes! This event is about local charities in the area. 100% of profits go to schools and animals shelters. Support Local. Enjoy a private party, viewing and altar unveiling.
In celebration of the afterlife, Casa Calavera is hosting a two-day event on Thu, Nov 1 & Fri, Nov 2 at 8pm where you will enjoy a traditional family-style dinner with bottomless margaritas & unlimited domestic beers for $950 MXN, along with a live mariachi band.
Make your reservations at casacalavera.com/reservations.
The Resort’s lobby will be transformed into a delightful culinary affair, with you as the guest of honor and hosted by General Manger Fernando Flores. Come and meet Chef Carlos Gaytan, the first Mexican Chef to earn a Michelin Star and be recognized as one of the best Chefs in the world. Head bartender David Hernandez has partnered with Tequila Clase Azul to craft special Mexican cocktails. Wine Maker Sitara Monica Perez from Guadalupe Valley in Baja California will be presenting her most recent wine releases.
Come to share one of the most beautiful Mexican celebrations: “Día de Muertos”. Los Tres Gallos will host a traditional Kermés with live Mexican food stations, an open bar and the performance of talented Luna Itzell, one of the most beautiful voices of Mexico, and a handful of other surprises!
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Hope you enjoy Day of the Dead in Cabo!