Over time these pre-Hispanic celebration or feasts became linked to the Christian festival of All Saints (November 1st) and Souls Day (November 2nd), which were already a cultural absorption of the Celtic and pagan autumnal ceremony of Samhain, This marked the time when the Celts believed that the boundaries between the living and the dead became blurred, the point of the year when autumn shifted into winter, This festival was already the result of Celtic beliefs merging with the Roman festival of Pomona, the Roman goddess of trees and fruit, only then to be appropriated by Christian doctrines. These pre-Hispanic and pre-Christian autumnal ceremonies continue to be marked in Mexican society by the Dia de Muertos.  The family altars or ofrendas created in the home (and sometimes the street) vary in styles and character, home by home and region by region. But there are some common features: there may be photographs of someone whose death is being marked, samples of foods or drinks that the dead person liked; the altar decorated with bright orange marigolds (cempasuchil)  together with sugar skulls and paper mache skeletons (calacas), symbolism with a very clear associations with their pre Hispanic origin. The focus on skulls and skeletons, features of pre-Colombian culture, rituals and ceremonies (including sometimes human sacrifices), have deep roots, just as All Hallows Eve (All Hallows Eve) has morphed in Halloween, again with a focus on skulls, death and feasting (this time with European roots). The complex process whereby a community integrates the old culture with the new continues apace, All Hallows Eve now being taken over by Mammon (the mediaeval demon of wealth and greed) both in Europe and Mexico. Casa Sabor will celebrate this complex history with two supper clubs in early November. There will be calacas and sugar skulls, but no ritual sacrifices are planned![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="1_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="http://www.sabor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Sabor-Latin-American-Events-Mesa-at-casa-CasaSupperclub-Day-of-the-death.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="left" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="http://www.sabor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Sabor-Latin-American-Events-Mesa-at-casa-CasaSupperclub-Day-of-the-death2.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="left" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="http://www.sabor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Sabor-Latin-American-Events-Mesa-at-casa-CasaSupperclub-Day-of-the-death6.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="left" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image" src="http://www.sabor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Sabor-Latin-American-Events-London-Calacas.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="left" sticky="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]]]>