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If you want to experience a truly profound and theatrical Mexican cultural event, look no further than The Day Of The Dead (Día de los Muertos) in Mazatlán!

Far from beign somber, the Day of the Dead in Mazatlán (and throughout México) is very much a celebration, and life-affirming.

The Día de los Muertos holiday, observed throughout México, is centered on gatherings of family and friends to remember, pray for and celebrate the lives of family members and companions who have died.

Día de los Muertos is a synthesis of Christian and pre-Columbian religious beliefs. It falls in the middle of a three day period (October 31 to November 2) that marks the Catholic holidays of All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas and All Souls’ Day.

Over the three days of Day of the Dead holiday, people got o cemeteries to build altars decorated with photos, memorabilia and favorite foods and beverages of the departed and to commune with the souls of the dead. It is believes that the offerings encourage visits by the souls of the deceased, and that the souls hear the prayers and the comments of the living that are directed to them.

Beautiful marigolds are associated with the holiday, as are highly stylized and lavishly decorated skulls and skeletons.

The roots if The Day of the Dead long pre-date the Spanish conquest of México.

Ancient traditions among pre-Columbian cultures (especially the Aztec) included rituals celebrating dead ancestors, and had been observed by indigenous cultures for likely more than 2,000 years prior to the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.

The Aztec festival that developed into the modern Mexican Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month.

The central figure of this festival was the goddess “Mictecacihuatl” (Lady of the Death), who was the keeper of the bones in the underworld, and she presided over the ancient month-long Aztec festivals honoring the dead. In the modern Mexican Día de los Muertos, this goddess corresponds to La Catrina.

The Azctec considered the death to be a woman, since she comes silently, almost seductive, and elegantly she takes you away with a cold kiss and vanishes.

A popular Day of the Dead food is pan de muerto (bread of the dead); a sweet egg bread made in various shapes and often decorated as to look like twisted bones.