This is a pretty broad generalization, but i think it’s safe to say that most Mexicans love a fiesta. Fiestas consist of eating, drinking, and hanging out with family and friends for a fairly extended period. Since music always makes a fiesta better, if you can afford it, you hire a mariachi band. If you can’t, then maybe some of the guys will bring their guitars, or you can always crank up the radio or the CD player.
What’s important is that the family is there enjoying themselves.
Every year on November 2nd — doesn’t matter what day of the week it is — there are fiestas going on all over Mexico. The kids are running around playing. The older folks have their white or green plastic lawn chairs to sit on while they talk about the folks who aren’t there and swap stories about the past. The area is decorated with flowers and balloons, streamers and candles. It’s a riot of color.
The only thing that makes the November 2nd fiestas a bit different, other than the number of them, is that they are held in panteons, or cemetaries, all over Mexico. And instead of being an occasion on which you recognize someone’s birthday or school graduation or anniversary, it’s a celebration of life….yours and the lives of those who have left the corporeal plain.
In every panteon in Mexico, folks will spend the next couple of days cleaning and decorating the plots of their loved ones. How much sprucing up is done depends upon how much time and money a family has. The results can range from this very elaborate site:
to this fairly simple one:
It doesn’t matter how large and elaborate or how small and simple these fiestas are, it’s nice to know that at least one day of the year, every year, somebody is thinking about you.