Día de Muertos is a celebration day for Mexicans, but it is increasingly spreading throughout the world, not only because of its uniqueness and cultural richness, but also thanks to the internet, a tool that allows those who do not live in Mexico to enjoy the color, symbolism and creativity of the altars.
This year, the internet will be even more important to celebrate this special day because the COVID-19 pandemic will not allow us to attend the cemeteries, parades, banquets and other social activities.
However, we will be able to use our gadgets to keep this tradition alive and honor our dead, who — with or without coronavirus — will visit us this November 2, as every year, for a few hours.
Here are some options to celebrate Día de Muertos online, while respecting the rules of “new normal” and healthy distance, but without letting traditions die:
Everything you wanted to know about Día de Muertos and were afraid to ask
Google, through its Arts and Culture project, offers us a rich introduction to the subject. You will be surprised when you visit it, even if you think that because you are Mexican you know “everything” about this celebration, as you will find images, stories, videos, tours and new perspectives.
The best museum altars
As you surely know, some of the most beautiful and impressive altars are found in museums. Another thing that Google offers us is the possibility of visiting them virtually to admire the details of each offering. You will also discover the influence of this tradition on Mexican art.
Dolores Olmedo Museum: on the website of this place, located in Xochimilco (Mexico City), you’ll find photographs of different altars and even Diego Rivera’s cardboard work, owned by the Linares Family.
Museo del Estanquillo: this museum of Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, has the private collection of the intellectual Carlos Monsiváis, among which are his skulls, with works by José Guadalupe Posada and Leopoldo Méndez, among other artists.
Popular Art Museum: here you will find a lot of material about Día de Muertos, including photographs, sculptures, offerings, videos and virtual tours. This venue is one of the most important regarding this celebration.
Casa de México in Spain: tradition knows no borders. Enter this page to virtually tour a beautiful ofrenda in Madrid. In it you will find garlands of flowers, papel picado and cheerful skulls made of reed and bamboo by artisans from Tepoztlán, Morelos (Mexico), in the style of José Guadalupe Posada.
Mexican horror cinema
Mexican horror cinema has seen a resurgence in recent years, which has led to it winning several awards at festivals around the world.
Many people use these days to watch horror movies and get a dose of adrenaline, so we invite you to turn off the lights and immerse yourself in a cinematic nightmare.
There are platforms like FilminLatino where the best national and international works have space. You can rent movies individually, purchase a membership, or even take advantage of the site’s free offer.
Here are some of the more interesting collections:
Regarding free movies, you can see the classic short film “Hasta los Huesos” by René Castillo. You just have to register on the site to have access.
The next one is not free, but it’s one of the most successful horror movies of recent years: “México barbaro” is an anthology made up of eight stories based on the Mexican oral tradition.
Its segments were directed by promising directors such as Jorge Michel Grau, Ulises Guzmán, and Isaac Ezban. Also, Guillermo del Toro recommends it.
Before saying goodbye, take a look at this link where you will find some of the best black and white horror films made in Mexico during the 1960s.
Your link with the Día de Muertos
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