World Mexican People Dress as Corpses to Celebrate Day of the Dead

Mexican People Dress as Corpses to Celebrate Day of the Dead

 Mexican celebration Days of the Dead
Mexican celebration Days of the Dead

Thousands of Mexicans take to the streets Saturday (today), dressed and painted to animate corpses in celebration of the Day of the Dead, commemorating friends and family members who have died.

They [figures representing the dead] are dedicated to all our loved ones, who unfortunately, are no longer with us,” Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said in declaring the ceremony at the main Zacola city square, referring to the huge skulls and other figures representing the dead.
November 1 is dedicated to deceased children while November 2 to deceased adults. It is also customary for Mexicans to visit the cemeteries; however, the day is celebrated joyously. It is believed that in this way more happiness is passed on to the dead ones.
More than 100,000 tourists are expected to visit Mexico during this ceremony, boosting the economy by $34 million, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism.
Meanwhile, the cemeteries are preparing for an influx of an estimated 370,000 people, according to the ministry.
The celebration dates back to the Pre-Hispanic Era, represented by the figure of Mictecacihuatl, god of the dead and king of the underworld in Aztec mythology, depicted as a person wearing a toothy skull.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes the Day of the Dead on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Other countries which celebrate this day include Peru, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
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