On the eve of the Day of the Dead, in tribute to the more than 90 thousand deceased by the Covid-19 pandemic, the “Lighting of candles: a flower for each soul” was held at the National Palace with representation of 20 indigenous peoples, as well as the traditional ceremony of the Nahua people.
On the second day of the national mourning and without the presence of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in the Central Patio of the National Palace, representatives of the Nahua people of the Sierra Norte de Puebla held the ‘Mihcailhuitl’ ceremony, which consists of calling the souls through a bell and guide them to the altar by a cross of flowers.
With traditional funeral music, performed by the Banda de Tlayacapan “Brígido Santamaría”, from Tlayacapan, Morelos, the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) reported that the indigenous festivities of Day of the Dead are the most important ritual of the year for many cultures .
“These ceremonies are the patrimony, mainly, of the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerican tradition and, although it has common bases, the result of the confluence of original cultures with Christian religiosity, each town and even each community has elaborated its own manifestation with elements hallmarks of your identity “.
“In this celebration, the deceased are remembered with respect and veneration, who are honored with altars that are placed in homes and cemeteries. Likewise, they are thanked for interceding, from the hereafter, so that the sacred beings and the forces of nature “, detailed the federal agency.
Sawdust rugs were also placed in the Central Patio of the historic site, an altar where the traditional elements converged: cempasúchil, corn and wax, in addition to 20 altars of various ethnic groups in the country.