Altios Mexico celebrates Mexican Culture

The Day of the Dead o “Día de Muertos” is a traditional Mexican celebration that takes place on November 1st and 2nd.

This tradition is one of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture and is considered by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

It is a tradition of pre-Hispanic origin in which death was worshipped to honor the life of the deceased so that one day every year they could wake up from eternal sleep and share it with their loved ones.

One of the most important and representative elements of Day of the Dead is the altar or “ofrenda” that is set up to celebrate the arrival of the dead. The altar must have various decorative elements, as well as food, drink, or sweets that the deceased liked as a tribute to them. The most symbolic elements in a the “Ofrenda” are: Incense or copal (It cleans the place of evil spirits and allows the soul to enter safely), water (signifies the purification of the soul), salt (keeps the body from corrupting on the journey back), candles (they guide the soul to their homes), flowers (symbol of festivity because of the colors and aromatic trails), pan de muerto (a paternal offering; the Christian church offers it as «the body of Christ»)., sugar skulls (allusion to the death), and photographs (images of the dead loved ones to whom the altar is offered).

Day of the dead is a powerful celebration that allows Mexicans to confront the final destination with the promise of reencountering their loved ones. Altios Mexico’s team joined the celebration of the Day of the Dead by setting up the traditional «ofrenda».