We are just under a week away from Halloween if you haven’t planned a party yet, it may be time to start planning– quick! Everyone loves Halloween! We get to dress up as someone else for a night– be it a scary monster or a character from a beloved movie or TV show, or try out a look from the past, present, future, or a job we wish we had! The performers at Mariachi Alegre de Tucson are lucky enough to have a uniform for the best job in the world. We love sharing the music and culture that we do every day. Our authentic costumes are perfect for any Halloween party.
Speaking of Halloween, let’s talk about the holiday some relate to Halloween. October 21st will mark the first day of the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. While some call it “Mexican Halloween that is not quiet what it is. There are some similarities– mainly the act of dressing up and the presence of celebrations and face paint, parades, and costumes. This holiday is much more interesting with a rich history and it’s very important to those of Mexican descent.
Dia de los Muertos” translates to “Day of the Dead.” This is a fairly accurate description. This is a day where we celebrate those who have passed on. Every year (October 3st through November 2nd) we honor those we have loved and lost. Death is sad, but it’s a part of life and it deserves to be celebrated and those who have moved on from this earth deserve to be remembered and respected. Mexican culture value family over mos everything else, so this 3 day celebration is a big deal. Let’s help those who have passed on their new journey and remember them fondly, helping the memories of them live on for generations to come.
We all know about the “sugar skull” patterns and costumes. It gets popular every few years throughout various cultures. You may see some people dressed up as skeletons or with this intricate patterning of a skull and/or skeleton for Halloween and you may see them right after Halloween for Dia de los Muertos. It can be a beautiful form of art when done correctly and respectfully, so let those sugar skulls free!
For your Halloween party this year, why not bring in some elements of Dia de los Muertos and encourage the true understanding of this long standing tradition. Bringing in our performers can be a great way to excite your guests and take the celebration up a notch! Eat that candy and remember those who can no longer celebrate holidays with us.
We’ll talk a little more about Dia de los Muertos next week, and how you can have the best celebration around with some help from Mariachi Alegra de Tucson.