Thousands of skeletons, devils, witches, vampires, zombies, superheroes and even characters from series, movies or video games took to the streets throughout Mexico City (CDMX) the night of this November 1stbut not to sow terror but to ask ‘sugar skull‘ for him Day of the Dead.
As soon as the sun went down, the first ‘monsters’ began to be seen roaming the capital armed with pumpkins, cauldrons and sacks that at the end of the night were filled to the brim with sweets.
The night of this November 1 was particularly special for millions of Mexican girls and boys, as they were able to go out freely after two years of being forced to stay at home due to the pandemic of covid–19.
But this Day of the Dead was also doubly special for all the little ones who were born during the health emergency and who went to ask for ‘calaverita’ for the first time.
The first ‘skull’ of pandemic babies
Minutes before 7:00 at night, Blanca fine-tunes the last details, excited to take her two-year-old little girl – who was born in 2020 during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic – for the first time to ask for ‘calaverita’ for the Day of the Dead.
For her, going trick-or-treating with her daughter is “like meeting your inner child again”, something that she was forced to postpone due to the confinement that prevented her from doing it the previous year.
At exactly the same time, but at another point in CDMX, Lalo and his wife are also preparing to live for the first time the experience of going out to ask for ‘calaverita’ in the role of parents together with their one-year-old daughter, who was born in 2021, also during the COVID-19 pandemic.
True to the tradition of the place where he lives, he decided to take his little girl to the same subdivision where he used to ask for candy when he was a child, something that made this moment more special for him.
For both families, their first time ordering ‘calaverita’ was a complete success, managing to accumulate a juicy booty with all kinds of sweets and treats, in addition to being able to be part of one of the most Mexican traditions for the first time: the Day of the Dead.
Pandemic babies succeed asking for ‘skull’
This night of November 1 was a triumph in the words of Blanca herself, who together with her little girl toured the houses of her neighborhood, some of which were even turned into ‘houses of terror’ that they had to dare to enter to to be able to get a sweet.
Something that made this first Day of the Dead doubly special for her daughter is that in some places she received a double ration of sweets and even some of the older children shared part of their ‘loot’ with her.
“I was very happy to see her face when I received sweets,” said Blanca, who ended the night happy for having been able to share such a special tradition with her daughter.
Lalo and his little girl’s first time asking for ‘calaverita’ was also a complete success.
“In general I had a great time and my little girl too, they gave her a lot of sweets,” she said.
Did the Day of the Dead bury the pandemic?
Something that both Blanca and Lalo agreed on is that it was strange to see so many people gathered in the street, a situation that they had not seen in the two previous years that the COVID-19 pandemic was present in the country.
Unlike what happened in 2020 and 2021, this year in the streets hundreds of families could be seen in disguise walking happily through the streets and without worrying about the coronavirus.
“It is very strange to see many people gathered on the street, but I think everything is returning to normal,” Lalo said.
Like Blanca and Lalo, this November 1, finally, thousands of Mexican families were able to go out again to ask for ‘calaverita’ and be able to share with the little ones, especially with those who were born during the pandemic, the tradition of the Day of the Dead.