Most cultures mourn the dead but on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexican families rejoice.
The festival can be traced back some 3,000 years to the Aztecs, who believed that shedding tears for the deceased would make his or her path to the next world more difficult. Instead, the Aztecs honored one’s passing by celebrating his or her life and welcomed the return of their spirits once a year.
Today, Día de Muertos lasts from October 31 to November 2, in connection with the Catholic All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Day. During this time, Mexican families honor try to lure the spirits of their loved ones back with fun celebrations, centered around music, food, and booze.
Day of the Dead has now also become a hugely popular theme (one of our favourites) for all types of events including birthdays and New Years. What a great way to celebrate life now and RIP the year before!
GO BOLD & BRIGHT
One of the things that stands out the most about the Day of the Dead is the bright colours. It brings forward the creation of excitement, fun and celebration. Vibrant colour palettes in decor, food and attire and to work with.
Along with that, floral is a huge element with bright flower crowns, bouquets and floral arches. It’s also a perfect way to soften and romanticise the more macabre motif of the skulls.
This is a theme where you are licensed to go ‘all out’ and not hold back! GO LOCO!