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Luxury Hotel for El Dia Del Los Muertos
October 7, 2019 | Blog
While Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is traditionally a Mexican holiday, it is closely related to the Christian traditions of All Saints’ Day, an important date here on Mallorca, and both come bound up in the more secularized celebration of Halloween. It’s quite the experience to be on this biggest of the Balearic Islands between October 31st and November 2nd, and we we invite you to call Hoposa Villa Concha or Hotel Illa D’Or home for the occasion while you soak up some local culture!
All Saints’ Day, the Day of the Dead, and Halloween
All Saints’ Day, which falls on November 1st, is also known as All Hallows or Hallowmass. It’s a traditional Christian feast day honoring the saints, and it comes preceded on October 31st by All Saints’ Eve—i.e., All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween—and followed by All Souls’ Day on November 2nd, which originally was a Christian commemoration of deceased relatives and loved ones. All Hallows’ Eve through All Soul’s Day are traditionally considered Allhallowtide.
These days, All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day are often celebrated together on November 1st, serving as both a religious observance and a broader honoring of friends and family who’ve passed on.
The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday—Dia de los Muertos—represents a fusion of native Aztec beliefs and Catholic Allhallowtide customs. Well known for its colorful marigold- and photo-draped altars (ofrendas), revelrous skulls and skeletons (calaveras and calacas), cemetery processionals, and all-around joyous celebration of loved ones who’ve died and the significance of death-in-life, Dia de los Muertos has, unsurprisingly, many parallels with the All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day celebrations of Europe, which sees people visiting family graves and decorating them with candles, flowers, and mementos.
Allhallowtide/Day of the Dead on Mallorca
On and around November 1st, many Mallorcans mark All Saints’ Day (Dia de Todos Los Santos) by honoring both the saints and their own dearly departed, from church services to cemetery visits to household observances. Many businesses close down for the holiday, though restaurants often open their doors for family feasting.
Halloween, meanwhile, is also celebrated on Mallorca: You can check out some possibilities in that department right here.
Join Us at a Hoposa Hotel or Vacation Apartment for Day of the Dead/All Saints’ Day on Mallorca
Experience Dia de Todos Los Santos and its associated traditions on Mallorca this fall with a luxury Hoposa stay, where you’ll enjoy the island’s finest hospitality and amenities along lovely Mediterranean seafronts!