With the approach to November comes the Day of the Dead, or All Saint's (and Soul's) Day. Deco Belle Global Jewelry would like to shed some light on this celebration.
The celebrated Day of the Dead, as it's known in Mexico and most of Latin America as well as the Czech Republic, and All Saint's Day (Nov 1st), and All Soul's Day (Nov 2nd) is approached as a joyful event to celebrate and honor the lives of the deceased.
Throughout Mexico, the traditional mood is jubilant, with emphasis on celebration of the deceased. Offerings of the deceased's favorite food and beverage are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased. Time and meals are spent at the grave site of a loved one as a means to enjoy a meal with the loved one.
In most regions of Mexico, November 1st honors deceased children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2nd. Goodbye October, and hello November! Visit our Taxco page to see more Mexican sterling silver jewelry. Also, new Taxco sterling silver jewelry to be added through mid November.
During the Nepali holiday of Gai Jatra ("Cow Pilgrimage") every family that has suffered a loss of a loved one within the previous year makes a construction of bamboo branches, cloth, paper decorations and portraits of the deceased, called a "gai."
Traditionally, a cow leads the spirits of the dead into the next land. Depending on local custom, either an actual live cow, or a construct made of paper maché or other materials, representing a cow may be used.
The festival is also a time to dress up in costume, including costumes involving heated topics of the day such as political comments and satire.
In Kathmandu city, children are dressed as "cows" complete with straw horns and elaborate paper decorations, sometimes leading a real cow in a procession that, according to custom, must pass before the window of the old Royal Palace. Visit our Himalayas page for more Tibetan gemstone jewelry. Deco Belle Global Jewelry brings you jewelry from around the world at your fingertips!
Labels: culture, holidays
by: Deco Belle Inc.