My country where I born is in Mexico. This place is very rich in customs, typical dishes, beautiful people, nice beaches, nice weather, and other things.
All my family is in Mexico like my grandma, grandpa, my cousin, and my uncle. Just one time in a year we travel to Mexico to visit my family. We enjoy the typical dishes, go to the beach, do Mexican tradition. The best Mexican tradition for me is Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November every year. During the holiday, family members gather together to pray for deceased family and friends, and to remember them. It is a festive and colorful holiday. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves, and spend time there. They also make an elaborately decorated altar (called ofrendas) in their homes to welcome the spirits and decorating altars with photographs, skulls made from sugar, candles, etc. The spirits are greeted with offerings of special food and things that they enjoyed when they were alive. It is believed that the spirits consume the essence and the aroma of the foods that are offered. When the spirits depart, the living consumes the food and share it with their family, friends, and neighbors. The altar includes sugar skulls, hot chocolate, fruit, photographs, candles, the bread of the dead is a special bread that is made especially for the season. Graves are decorated with the idea that the dead return there first. In some villages, flower petals are laid in paths from the cemetery to the home so that the spirits will be able to find their way. In some communities, it is customary to spend the whole night in the cemetery, and people make a party of it, having a picnic, playing music, talking, and drinking through the night.
Day of dead brings me good memories. When my grandma made beautiful altars. I remembered, she decorated the altars with photos, sugar skulls with the name of each deceased, scented candles, fruit, bread, hot chocolate, tamales, and many Cempasuchil flowers. I always helped her cook, decorated the altar, and sometimes I looked for the photos. We really enjoyed it a lot.
I am living in another country with my family and sometimes I miss my traditions, my family and good times with them but I love Canada too in another way.
By your friend Rene