First Celebrations of November

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First Celebrations of November

Por: PDI Now!

Dia de los Santos Inocentes

It is a tradition that dates from the first years of the e.c. It was on that date when King Herod the Great gave the order to put an end to all the children under 2 years of age born in Bethlehem, in order to make sure that the announced Messiah, future king of Israel, was assassinated.

In Mexico it is celebrated in almost all the country, although it is not a holiday it is taken as one of the most important festivities of the religion, each church celebrates it in its own way, gifts and food are offered to the baby Jesus, the offerings can be varied, from clothes to dress it, to sweets, bread, among other things.

Also that same day it becomes a bit “joking” at night as the tradition is also making jokes to people (as a child would) in which a joke is played (mostly jokes are heavy) and is regularly called ” Innocent” to the person. The jokes can vary from very light jokes, to very heavy jokes, equipping it with the April Fools’ Day of the United States.

Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is one of the most representative festivities in Mexico, it is even recognized by UNESCO as an oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

Remember that this celebration has its roots in the “prehispanic” and colonial history of Mexico and over time has been enriched to become what it is today, a tradition that unites the Mexican people and gives identity, highlighting our culture throughout the world.

The event represents a series of elements of folklore that can only be seen at this time of year. One of them is the sweet bread called “bread of the dead” made with yeast that everyone eats at dinner. Skulls made of sugar, which are given to friends, with their name written on their foreheads, are also very traditional. The “calaveritas” are part of the gifts: verses with rhyme written by people.

At night, people go to the cemetery and decorate the tombs with paper of many colors, mainly using an orange flower called “cempasúchil”. If the altar is for a child, toys such as carts, dolls or sweets are placed. In the houses an altar is made in honor of the deceased relatives, in which pictures of them, food and drinks are placed so that he remembers and enjoys the tastes of his earthly life.

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