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Día de Muertos Committe

Día de Muertos Committe is a community oriented to promote mexican culture and preserve its cultural heritage. This voluntary organization keeps striving to make this festival posible. We strongly believe in the importance of introducing this tradition to our children and future generations to keep it alive.

“En este mundo matraca
de morir nadie se escapa.”

Brief History of the Day of the Dead in Mexico.

The day of the dead festival is considered one of the most important festivities within the Nahua communities of the central valley in Mexico because it holds a symbolic content of Mesoamerican tradition, and is related to the festive cycle and agricultural ritual.

Within popular religiosity, these rituals begin with the feast of the Holy Cross (May 3), where the rain request rites are expressed and end when the harvest rises when the first frosts arrive at the beginning of November. These frosts mark the total death of the corn plant and coincide with the feast of the day of the dead.

The first and second days of November are important dates because it is where the whole community participates. The first day of November is the feast of the “deceased”, dedicated to those who died when they were children, that is, the little dead. With the arrival of the European evangelizers, it was believed that when they died baptized they went directly to heaven, where they became “little angels.” The next day, the second of November, is dedicated to the big dead (adult deceased people) or grandparents.

Before the arrival of the Europeans, Nahua agricultural communities in central Mexico worshiped Tláloc, god of rain, and it was believed that when a child died he became a tlaloque, who supposedly sent the precious liquid to the cornfields. That is why the death of children is celebrated. For example, the mountain of Coconetla to the west of the city of Mexico, receives this name that means “place of the children of water”.

On October 31st, the tenates or baskets they use for the offering of the little dead are prepared; This is placed near the family altar where the images of the saints are. In the tenates it is placed: breads, fruits, corn or ears, sweet bread and white waxes; Pots and jugs containing milk, atole and chocolate are also placed. The tenates are arranged in a row leaving the center of the table free to put copal, candles, glass with water, scattered fruit and the Cempoalxochitl flower. In some villages there is a belief that during their stay they make a tour of the pantheon to their old house and with the waxes that their relatives placed in the home offerings their way back to the “beyond” is illuminated.

“La muerte está tan segura de alcanzarnos que nos da una vida de ventaja.”

LET'S WORK TOGETHER

If you have any specific questions about the event, want to be part of our group of volunteers or want to know more about our tradition, do not hesitate to call us. We will be happy to talk to you 🙂

Director:
Edgardo García: [email protected]

Credits:
Additional text and information by Marta Alcocer from: https://unaviocargadode.com/2018/10/30/dias-de-muertos-en-seattle
Design and visual communication: Enrico Gianfranchi
Photography: April Jingco
Web design and development: Delirio Estudio Creativo

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On behalf of each of the people who participate making this event possible: Organizing committee, coordinators, assistants, volunteers, dancers and dancers, and technical staff. We appreciate and value the support of our sponsors.

Thank you so much!

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