Celebrating Halloween in Mexico - A dissimilar Tradition

Halloween in Mexico is a blend of U.S. And Mexican traditions. Cultures meet and replacement ideas. This is also the case with Los Dias de los Muertos, in which some indigenous customs were combined with Spanish traditions.

La Noche de las Brujas

Halloween Costumes

On October 31st, children begin to celebrate Halloween. In Mexico it is known as la noche de las brujas (night of the witches.) They are dressed in costume; however, choice in costume is tiny when compared to the U.S. Most children dress as skeletons, devils, ghosts, witches or princesses.

Celebrating Halloween in Mexico - A dissimilar Tradition

When the children come to the door and knock, they do not say "trick or treat." Instead, you are met with a chorus of children yelling, "queremos Halloween." We want Halloween.

On this night, you will find merchants giving out candy in the centro (downtown.) In the plazas, the decorations for Halloween are often settled alongside the ofrendas (altars) for los dias de los muertos.

The Halloween festivities do not differ much from those in the U.S. With one major exception. Trick or Treating takes place for two to three nights. This varies by neighborhood, but you can count on at least two nights.

Los Dias de Los Muertos (Days of the Dead)

Los Dias de Los Muertos is a two day event. On November 1st, families typically derive at the graveside of the children that have died in the last year. This is All Saints Day. On November 2nd, All Souls Day, the families visit the graves of all loved ones. Some regions celebrate the event with more furor than other regions of Mexico.

If you have the opening to visit at this time of year, you will not be disappointed. Just make sure to stock some candy!

Nate Oster has been writing articles about holidays for the past two years. He also likes to write about men's apparel, including the benefits of owning a 3 piece suit and why you should have a few Armani suits in your closet.

Celebrating Halloween in Mexico - A dissimilar Tradition


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