DAY OF THE DEAD, A beautiful ancestral tradition.
According to the grandparents, the tradition begins in this order:
- It begins on October 28 and the first light (white candle) and a white flower to welcome the animas alone.
- On October 29, another candle is lit and a glass of water is placed dedicated to forgotten and helpless deceased.
- On October 30, a new candle is lit, another glass of water is placed and a white bread (bolillo or telera) is placed for the deceased who left without eating or those who had an accident.
- On October 31 another candle is lit, we put another glass with water, another white bread and put a fruit (tangerine, orange or guava). This is for the dead of the dead (ancestors), that is, the grandparents of your parents that some of us had or have the pleasure of knowing them (great grandparents).
- On November 1, which is the day known as the day of the small dead or children. On this day you put all the sweet food, pumpkin, guava, chocolate, honey, flowers, etc.
- The 2nd of November, known as the “day of the faithful departed” or of the great dead, is the day that all the food, cigars and their beers are placed and in every day of the obvious celebration they put flowers, they burn copal incense preferably.
- In the end, on November 3, the last white candle is lit, copal is burned and they are dismissed, asking them to return the following year.
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