Central America, Mexico

Mexico City Pt.2 – Día de Muertos

 

 

Just as I promised, there were a lot more to come! Mexico was for me a great adventure and a great oppotunity to understand people who have very little in common with you, yet so much.

Mexicans like to eat good food, drink and dance until their feet can’t take it anymore but more importantly, they like to be around people. They love their families and friends, and they are always open to meet new people and welcome you into their lives.

One of the most popular and greatest festivity is the Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and it is celebrated by Mexicans all over the world. There are traces for the origins of this holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Queen of the Underworld.

Mictlancihuatl_3What they do is build private altars called “ofrendas”, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

 

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“On October 31st, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the “angelitos” (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1st is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2nd is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead, muertos (the bread of the dead), sugar skulls, cardboard skeletons, tissue paper decorations, fruit and nuts, incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.”

— Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature

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It’s their way to honor their dead, and what a lovely way to do it.

But I have to talk to you about my favorite thing on that side of the world.

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They are called “Tacos al Pastor” and is a dish developed in Central Mexico, a shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants. It is very similar to Greek “gyro” and Turkish “döner”, altough this is pork based, much like the Greek one.

The pork is marinated in a combination of dried chilies, spices and pineapple, and later served on small tortillas, with chopped onions, coriander, and a small slice of pineapple. Being in Mexico, it is necessary that you top it with some lime juice and occasionally hot salsa.

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This combination of all the ingredients must be one of the best I have come across and it became something that I would eat on a night out or just because!

Ok, now I have to go make some taquitos!

Gracias,

Stella Ryuk

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16 thoughts on “Mexico City Pt.2 – Día de Muertos

  1. Oh wow! I’ve heard a lot about that day but you got to experience it yourself, lucky girl! 🙂 I haven’t ever been to Mexico (or Southern America in general) but I would definitely want to go one day. Thank you for sharing your experience. Super inspiring!

  2. I love the traditions surrounding Dia de los Muertos. A lot of them are pretty prominent where I’m at in South Florida as well. Also, now I’m hungry for tacos!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I was in Mexico City for Day of the Dead too last year, it is fascinating to see! I also ate a ton of tacos al pastor, the really are the best! 😀

    1. Stella! Beautiful name isn’t it? But if you go there, forget it, you will be Estela! 😛
      A taco right now would be divine.

  4. I so wish I could have been in Mexico City for this celebration as I think it would be incredible. I did get to experience an earthquake though so I suppose I had ‘excitement’ of a different kind

    1. Hahah I wouldn’t want to experience that! You should definitely go and when you do, I can give you some ideas for the city!

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