One of the most representative traditions of Mexican culture is, without a doubt, the celebration of the Day of the Dead, whose origin has a deep miscegenation with cultural features, both indigenous and Spanish, that have led to a series of rituals and ceremonies that adorn these sacred days.
The Day of the Dead festivities have their particularlarities in each entity, but in all of them the indispensable elements in the popular imagination, as welcome offerings, the tradition of visiting cemeteries, the festive mood, jocular and even satirical to make fun of death, always present, gastronomy and the tradition of sharing bread and salt, as well as the various means of expression for dwelling on these dates, where humor and mischief prevail of the Mexican.
One of the most attractive sites in our country to live the festivities of Days of the Dead is, without a doubt, the Huasteca Potosina, where they live with a really happy spirit, the same one with which we receive the most beloved visits. There are dates in which they can not miss music and dance, the cheerful comparsas with popular representative characters, and a special gastronomy of the season, which include drinks and sweets.
The culinary experience is vital in this holiday, because you have the belief that our loved ones who went ahead on the road, they return at this time to enjoy the pleasures of life, including drinks and food; also various rituals are performed to receive our dead, like the colorful altars, where the offerings are local products.
The vigils in cemeteries and even private houses, are also made with a spirit of party. It is common to find musical groups cheering the veiled, while the light represented in candles, shows us the path that lead to the site where you are honoring the deceased.
The indigenous people of the Huasteca Potosina share this ancestral tradition with its own and visitors, here co-known as Xantolo, a derivation of the word Sanctorum, or Miekkailijat, propitious time to celebrate these dates in style, because remembering the death of our loved ones bring union, and social ties are reaffirmed, of spirituality and most importantly: hospitality.
Rituals, ceremonies, vigils, prayers and praises, dance, music, gastronomy, offerings, altars, everything is focused on extolling the true meaning of our existence, celebrating and receiving our dead, inviting them to participate and share the joy of being together again, in the last frontier, always in the duality of life and death, light and shadow, world and underworld, a nod to our eternal threat that is death.
Even when the totality of the twenty municipalities that form the region of the Huasteca Potosina celebrate the Xantolo, there are several sites that, by their characteristics, are worth approaching and living traditions closely; what we have called: the Xantolo Route, and with pleasure what we share.
XANTOLO is a party which becomes a clear approach to the ancestors, relatives and gods of all the directions of the universe. It is time to offer and thank the favors received, therefore, each community becomes hospitable and welcomes us with everything what gladdens our soul and spirit.
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- All the municipal capitals and the most important communities do lift altars or arches, as they are known in this region; there will always be food, drink, fruit, chichiliques, and ritual representative elements they like candles, censers, flowers and even photographs.
It is common that in the houses, neighborhoods and streets, there are these arches with offerings, the locals will surely invite you. All this from October 31 to November
- The Voladores of the Community of Tamaletóm in the town of Tancanhuitz, perform the Dance of the Gavilan, (a ritual dance dedicated to the God of Corn included within of the denomination of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Humanity, awarded by UNESCO in 2009), have ritual flight, as the dates match with the celebration of rituals dedicated to corn. In the ceremonial center of the community, the ritual flight is approximately at 12:00 noon, on the 31st of October and November 1.
- Velación en pantheon of Barrio Cuayo, in Chalco, located in Axtla de Terrazas. Here the ceremony is important of the fiscal change, and the dance and music rituals of the community.Offering and community food, vigil of tombs and pyrotecnia, on October 31, from 9:00 pm onwards. Vigilance by relatives and relatives of the community until the Dawn.
- Demonstration of comparsas and contests of “huehues” or “cabbages” in different locations; the most showy are in San Martin Chalchicuautla, San Vicente Tancuayalab, Tampamlón and Tanquián. In general, throughout the Huasteca these groups with music and dance, and you will find them on roads and communities. The schedules are diverse: in San Vicente they start at 6:00 p.m. hours and in San Martín, on the main esplanade of the municipal bureau, at 20:00 hours, on 01 and 02 of November.
- Ahuacatitla, community of Axtla de Terrazas, visit the house Beto Ramón, where you will find purification rituals and healing in a site dedicated to health, herbal medicine and raditional medicine. Immerse yourself in the ancestral wisdom of our healers.
- Gastronomy, especially dedicated to these festivities, consists of corn-based foods, with tamales in various modalities such as zacahuil, zarabanda, bolim, tamal in papatla leaf. Likewise, prepare traditional bread for the occasion; fruit liqueurs like the jobo are also very traditional to share.
In general, the activities dedicated to the Xantolo are for the evening-night of the holidays, take the opportunity to visit the destinations of nature and culture offered by the huasteca potosina, an earthly paradise:
- Routes of waterfalls in the municipalities: El Naranjo, Tamasopo, Ciudad Valles, and Aquismón.
- Routes of Caves and Basements in Aquismón.
- Panga tour along the Tampaón River to observe the Tamul Waterfall and swim in the Cave of the water.
- Tamtoc and El Consuelo are archaeological zones in municipality of Tamuín.
- Museums and cultural venues in Ciudad Valles, Coxcatlán, Tancanhuitz, Tanlajás, Axtla and Xilitla.
- Magical town of Xilitla that includes Edward James culture.