The Day of the Dead festival has its roots in Mexico and can be traced to indigenous cultures, dating back 2,500 / 3,000 years. Families gather to remember and pray for those who have died. Infants and children are remembered on November 1st, while adults are honoured on November 2nd. The atmosphere is one of festivity and celebration. Alters are constructed, food offerings are laid out alongside incense, candles and pictures of the dead, to encourage their souls to visit. Mexicans visit the cemeteries, decorate the graves with flowers and bring gifts to the dead.
Similarly: Halloween (Oct 31st) has it roots in paganism and is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain when the ‘door’ to the Other-world was believed to be opened so that the souls of the dead could enter this world. It was also influenced by Christianity; All Saints’ Day (Nov 1st), honours saints and the recently departed.
It is noted by a public holiday in both Mexico & Ireland.
Halloween is marked all over with various rituals / customs / celebrations. In Ireland / UK, ‘Fancy Dress Parties are very common for both adults and children.
You can create a really dramatic look with our large selection of Halloween costumes and accessories, many of which are suitable for ‘Day of the Dead’ Celebrations. We have the very Best ‘Day of the Dead’ Halloween Costumes this year.
‘Dressing up’ is half the fun of partying. You will really enjoy accessorising your outfit from our range of skeleton print, thigh highs and stockings, temporary tattoos in traditional designs, robes and pendants.
As you know, the party begins the moment you begin planning your ‘look for the evening’. You can shop online www.celebrateit.ie/551-halloween from the comfort of your own home or if you prefer to shop in town with friends, you can choose from our large selection of costumes and accessories off the shelf and we are always delighted to help you create that “knock ‘em dead” look!