Halloween is celebrated in the United States on 31 October. In Mexico, el Dia de los Muertos – or the Day of the Dead – is celebrated the following day on 1 November.
While the two holidays share much in common – they both revolve around death – they actually have very different origins. They are also celebrated in very different ways.
While Halloween focuses on the darker sides of death, with frequent images of ghosts and witches and goblins, the Day of the Dead has a distinctly different tone.
During the Day of the Dead, which is actually a three day holiday, the focus is on celebrating the memory of those that have died. It is distinctly celebratory in nature.
The Day of the Dead has its origins in North America. It was originally an Aztec festival.
Following the Spanish conquest of what is now Mexico, however, its customs and traditions became intertwined with the Christian traditions of All Hallows Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day (which fall on 31 October, 1 November, and 2 November, respectively).
Halloween has its roots in the British Isles. Some scholars believe that it started out as a Celtic harvest festival, which – as with the Day of th Dead – became intertwined with Christian traditions. Others believe that it is a purely Christian concept.
Halloween was brought to North America by the massive waves of Irish and Scottish immigrants in the 19th Century.
While Halloween is not an official holiday, it has evolved into one of the most anticipated popular celebrations of the year in both the United States and Canada. It has become an important part of popular culture.
Mexican Restaurant in Hong Kong
Little Burro is a newly opened Mexican restaurant in Hong Kong. It will hold a ticketed event for their Day of the Dead Celebration on 1 November 2013.
Two “internationally recognized DJs” will spin the discs. Tickets include one burrito and two drinks.
Little Burro is located at 125 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, on Hong Kong Island.