Celebrating at Adults Only All Inclusive Caribbean Vacations: Halloween vs Day of the Dead

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Halloween and Day of the Dead at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations .

Halloween and Day of the Dead at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations.

As of late, there has been a large influx of Day of the Dead themed items during adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations.

This is in part a nod to the large Mexican population that has become more prominent in the States, as well as the release of movies like “The Book of Life” to American movie theaters.

These two holidays are fundamentally different but important in their own right. Halloween is a characteristically American holiday while the Day of the Dead is historically traditional roots that go back to the Aztecs and the Maya but both may be celebrated during adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations. So let’s start from the beginning.

Halloween comes from All Hallow’s Eve, a night has its traditions in Celtic tradition. The story goes that this is the evening when the vengeful dead come back to earth to take revenge upon those who did them wrong. In order to hide from such things happening, people started disguising themselves this day by wearing costumes, which you can also do if you are at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations). The tradition of trick or treating comes from people who would recite verses in exchange for food. This eventually changed into younger people disguising themselves and asking for a treat and should they not get it, performed the ill-fated “trick” which normally constituted in hiding items that belonged to the wrong-doer in question. The pumpkins were a product of U.S. lore, seeing as that the origin of the tradition in Ireland originally used a turnip. Since turnips are much smaller and more difficult to hollow out, the pumpkin was an easy choice for the settlers. If you go to resorts popular with Americans at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations, you are sure to find pumpkins around, decorating the place.

In Mexico (and at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations), Mesoamerican culture influenced the tradition of the Day of the Dead. Lots of it comes from the burial traditions of great leaders and legends of the time. The xoloescuincle, the Mexican hairless dog, was normally thought to be able to lead the departed on their journey to the underworld, also known as “Xibalba.” Unearthing the tombs revealed that many kings were buried with a xoloescuincle.

Nevertheless, the tradition is to visit the graveyards where the deceased is and decorate their tombs with cempasuchil (Mexican marigolds), which is thought to absorb the rays of the sun in their petals, warming the departed in their graves. Food and drink that the departed were fond of is also set out and most times, mariachis are brought out to serenade the tomb of the departed. You can most likely find someone who can illustrate this event better on adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations. This is a festive time and people gather by the droves in many cemeteries around the country.

If they cannot make it to the graveyard, people can also set up an altar in their own homes or admire one at your adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations getaways. These are normally at least two-tiered and there is a lot of food. This takes place not only in homes but in public places, like supermarkets and restaurants. Even work places set up altars, referred to as “ofrendas” and instead of honoring the departed of one person, they can normally have famous people on the ofrenda. Along with a photo of the person, the tiers are normally decorated with “papel picado” (die cut crepe paper with themed pictures), cempasuchil, food and bottles of alcoholic beverages like beer or tequila, perfect for you adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations.

Day of the Dead is also celebrated on November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and the 2nd (All Souls’ Day). Some purists reject the recent tradition of celebrating these two days with Halloween but the proximity of the days make it pretty difficult to separate the two traditions. But you can

All in all, these two festivities are traditions that celebrate the same thing: the celebration of death and the remembrance of the dearly departed. And you can do this at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations.

Laughing with Death at Adults Only All Inclusive Caribbean Vacations

In Mexico, there is this tradition to make jokes about everything, including death. It is a way to cope and it is also a way to keep close the sensation that the departed are still among us. It might not seem kosher to many cultures to do so but death has always had a big part of ancient tradition and even with religious conversion and a huge population that is wildly Catholic, this tradition is still upheld, even at adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations.

Jose Guadalupe Posada is a famous Mexican artist who popularized the figure of the Catrina, a skeleton dressed up in a large hat and a corseted dress. This is something you can find adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations. Although his body of work is extensive and the Catrina is one of many characters he created, this was one that became a symbol synonymous with the Day of the Dead and, intrinsically Mexican in nature. Diego Rivera, famed muralist who was married to Frida Kahlo, also cemented this character in art by painting a Catrina in one of his many murals.

Even in tragedy, to laugh was important. It helped a people survive and overcome an ordeal and maybe, just maybe, make sense of the loss. So on your next adults only all inclusive Caribbean vacations, remember and indulge.

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