It is that time of year! The weather is cooling. Families and friends gather together in celebration. It’s the beginning of a series of holidays that everyone from children to adults look forward to. This holiday season kicks off in the Mexican culture with a celebration of the lives that now deceased ancestors and loved ones lived while in this world. Beginning on October 31st, All Hallows Eve, children make altars to invite the angelitos back to visit. November 1st, known as All Saints Day, deceased adults are invited to visit. Then we have November 2nd, All Souls Day, where celebrations commence and families gather to honor the lives of the deceased.
While this may seem like a sad time and of course, have some sad moments, it is usually very celebratory and seen more as a means to communicate with the dead and reminisce on the good times. Gifts are offered to the dead in forms of toys for the angelitos, tequila for the adults, and many other trinkets and candies that may have been favored by the person being honored. Many people scribe poems for their loved ones known as Calaveras poems. This is a unique way to recognize funny quirks, personality, and attitudes that the person possessed.
One of the most popular symbols of this holiday celebration is the skull. Whether it be small sugared candies designed into skulls or painted faces of participants (also known as calacas), this is an integral part of this time of celebration.
Best Buy prides itself in diversity and inclusion and respects and cherishes all the different holidays we are able to celebrate as employees. We have many Best Buy agents on our team that commemorate this tradition in many unique ways.
Alex-BBY -"While my family never celebrated Dia de lost Muertos, my favorite Halloween thing to watch as a kid was The Halloween Tree. If you haven't seen it, it's a cartoon movie where a group of kids learn about the origins of the holiday and the traditions people celebrate around the world all while trying to find their missing friend. I honestly don't remember much of the movie and haven't seen it in years, but the one part that has always stuck out to me was when the kids found themselves in Mexico and they learn about Dia de los Muertos."
Karina-BBY - "The day of the dead, it is a very exciting time for our family. Since we did not have the happiness to grow close to our beings who have died over the years. Our traditions did not begin until my brothers and I had children of our own. Little by little, we have added custom, traditional and some not so traditional. It is a very tender moment to present the photos to the children and talk about the memories we have of our family members. The altar consists of candles, bread of the dead, champurrado and the occasional traditional food. It is very important for my husband and me, that our children are exposed to their roots, and the day of the dead helps us to remember a bit of the genealogical history."
Ken-BBY -"My favorite tradition is going to the local Mexican bakery and buying Day of the Dead bread."
I personally celebrate this occasion by paying respects to my loved ones who have passed. Remembering the cherished moments I had with individuals such as grandparents who have moved on is truly a special moment I enjoy during this time. I also love watching others celebrate life as all of our deceased loved ones would have wanted.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday from our Best Buy family to yours!