Peace Boat Hibakusha Project visits Isla Cozumel
All Saints Day and Day of the Dead in Cozumel Mexico
Dia de Todos Los Santos & Dia de Los Muertos
The history of the Day of the Dead dates back over 3,000 years. Life was seen as a dream and it was believed that only in dying was a human being truly awake and the soul set free. On display in Mexican hotels, restaurants, and other public places are special Day of the Dead altars decorated with candles, food, and sacred orange marigold flowers called cempaxochitl, or Flor de Muerto (“Flower of the Dead”).
The bakeries on island are filled with sweets shaped in the symbols of skulls, and flowers and memorials fill the cemetery. Every bakery will be selling “Pan de Muerto” (Bread of the Dead) which is semi-sweet sugarcoated bread made from eggs and citrus fruit flavors. Traditionally it is served with hot chocolate that has been mixed with cinnamon.
November 1, Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) is known as the day when the spirits of children are expected to return and Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children who have passed on. Tradition states that the departed descend from the heavens on this day, so family members prepare for their arrival by leaving sugar skeletons, skulls and treats on altars specially made for the occasion.
November 2, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a celebration for all the adults that have passed away takes place. Families leave the favorite food and drink of the deceased on a special altar constructed in their home or on the tomb of the departed ancestor.
It is traditional for families to visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried to clean and to decorate the graves with offerings to their loved ones. Similar offerings are also placed on altars in family homes.
Paying Homage to Jose Guadalupe Posada; Cultural Autumn of Cozumel Island 2017
Coming Up Next!
National Mezcal Fair
October 27 at 6 pm
Melgar & Calle 10 N
Second Annual Day of the Dead Altar Contest
Who Can Participate:
Businesses, Families, Groups of Friends, Government Agencies, all Levels of Schools
Open, but Altars should embrace Traditional Mexico Day of the Dead elements.
Inclusion of traditional Mexico Day of the Dead Elements, Creativity, and Originality.
There will be attractive prices for the top three places awarded the evening of October 31. Register by October 27th.
Second Annual 2k Run of Catrinas & Calaveras
Parade will start at 6 pm on Melgar (the waterfront) in front of the Flag
to the Municipal Palace to Puerto Abrigo and back to the Flag!
Day of the Dead Costume Contest &
Friends & Family Bike Ride
November 4 at 6 pm
FREE no registration required
Lights and helmet mandatory- slow speed
Prizes for best costumes in child and adult category.
Route: Flag to Palace to Puerto de Abrigo to Palace