Live the tradition of Day of the Dead in different stages of the Huasteca.
The Day of the Dead celebrations, recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (since 2008), have a name in the Huasteca Potosina region: Xantolo.
Xantolo is a word used by the indigenous communities of our state to refer to celebrations dedicated to the deceased. It has its origin in the Latin term saint or sanctorum, as the ancient Christian religious referred to the entire ritual associated with remembering “those who are no longer” but that, over time, served to name everything that gives ” life and color ”to this deep-rooted party (more than Christmas) among the inhabitants of Huasteca.
Everything begins on November 1, All Saints Day, when in towns such as Aquismón, Axtla de Terrazas, Ciudad Valles, Huehuetlán, San Martín Chalchicuautla, among others, beautiful altars rise between velations and prayers of family members. Also, numerous candles are lit before the images of the deceased in a living that extends throughout the night. In the distance, you can listen to some pieces performed with great solemnity by teenek musicians.
On November 2nd, Day of the Dead Faithful, the Nahuas and Teenek communities of the Huasteca take the opportunity to move the offerings of their home altars to the tombs of the pantheons. There, in the cemetery, they usually decorate the spaces reserved for their family and friends with thick bouquets of flowers. A postcard full of color that you cannot erase from your mind!
In San Luis Potosí it is believed that the souls of the deceased remain among the living throughout the month of November for this reason, and before they return to their world, the offering on the pulich (the altars) is renewed on the last day of the month. with fruits that they will need during their trip.
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