Día de los Muertos is an ancient tradition that dates back to pre-colonial México. The indigenous peoples of Mexico honor those who have passed on with celebrations lasting two whole 20-day months.
Under the Mexica tradition the first month or veintena to celebrate the dead is known as Tlaxochimaco:The offering of Flowers, also known as Miccailhuitontli : the celebration of the small dead. The Second veintena is Xoco Huetzi: when the fruit falls, the celebration for the Dead in this month was known as Micca Ilhuitl.
Decorations for these celebrations included flowers of Cempoalxochitl, white and red flowers. Under today’s Gregorian calendar these months would fall under August and September. These festivities were a balance of celebrating life and remembering the dead. With time, these traditions and festivities were synchronized with the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, on November 1 and 2 respectively.
In preparation for our celebration of Dia de los Muertos on Saturday November 2 at the San Fernando Pioneer Cemetery we are having a series of Day of the Dead workshops every Saturday at Tia Chucha’s from 11:30am to 1pm. The last workshop will be held on Nov.2 at the San Fernando Pioneer Cemetery to prepare a community altar at the Dia de los Muertos celebration beginning at 3pm.
For more information regarding Mexica indigenous practices check out Mexihcayotl class on Tuesday nights.
We invite you to join us and learn more about this ancestral tradition!