Day of the Dead
A well-known and antique tradition that comes from the old civilizations of Mexico is the Day of the Dead. In this tradition we celebrate the return of dead family members in spirit form. Taking place on November 1st and 2nd the first day is dedicated for the reception of children or as they are called “Angelitos” (Little Angels) and the second day for the reception of the adults.
The festivity is celebrated in too many ways around the country but a common element is setting the ofrenda (offering) in an altar usually dedicated to a deade family member. The ofrenda has lot of components, each one with its own significance. For example the cempasúchil flowers and candles that with their light and fragrance indicate the right direction to the spirit, or pictures, garments and objects associated with the deceased, water to satiate the thirst of the spirit, a stick to scare the bad spirits, among many others.
As part of this festivity the Cultural Center of Arts of Ensenada (CEARTE Ensenada) will be holding the “Danzón, Catrinas y Calaveritas” event and the “Fiestón de Calaveras” play offered by Expresarte. Undoubtedly this tradition is one of the most recognized in Mexico.