Let's first start with Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead). It is a tradition where you honor the dead, which takes place on the 1st and 2nd of November. The first day is to mainly celebrate the little ones who have passed away. The second day is to celebrate the adults. We make altars for our loved ones and add some of their favorite foods and drinks. It warms my heart that we have a special day to celebrate our close family members who have passed away.
On May 5th we celebrate Cinco de Mayo which is when the Mexican army took a victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Mexican War. This will include some traditions that will occur on that day such as parades, parties, music, and traditional foods like tacos.
When girls turn 15, they have a special party called a Quinceanera. It’s when you start to turn into a young woman and your childhood is gone. It is a religious and social event. The celebration will first begin with a mass that family and godparents will attend. The mass is followed by a party. This will include food, music, and dancing. The girl will then have heels placed on her feet to show that she is now entering womanhood and her childhood has come to an end. It's a sad fact that I didn't get to experience having a 15th with my big dress due to COVID.
January 6th is more important than Christmas for us. This is Dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day). It represents Three Wise Men; Balthazar, Melchor, and Gaspar who gave gifts to Jesus Christ. This day also closes the Christmas festivities. During this day, Mexicans will serve Rosca de Reyes (King’s Cake). “Rosca” means wreath and “reyes” means kings. The Rosca is oval shaped and symbolizes a crown and has small little dolls inside which represent Jesus Christ. The dolls inside indicate the hiding of the infant Jesus. They are adorned with dried fruit that shows the jewels that a crown can have. So then the person who gets the slice with the doll will have to do a chore. Fun fact, I have only gotten the doll once.
All of these traditions make me feel delighted. I love seeing so many other people participate in them as well. Experiencing diversity in the world and being able to see other people celebrate other cultures, makes life even more enjoyable.
Until next time,