It’s that time of the year again! Everyone starts thinking about what costumes to wear for their awesome parties or celebrations and what character will get all your friends complimenting your creativity.
Yes, it’s time for Halloween, but it’s also time for DAY OF THE DEAD!!! Whilst most people confuse Halloween with Day of the Dead given their similar “scary” theme, they are completely different and the latter is not as scary as people might think!
You might know the beauty of what this day represents if you’ve watched “Coco” the Disney movie!
You can’t miss out on this day so before you keep reading RSVP here!
Day of the Dead, or in Spanish “Dia de los Muertos”, is a ritual and celebration that Mexicans honour each year the first two days of November. This cultural event celebrates both life and death, and it’s a time when families commemorate their deceased loved ones. It is actually really beautiful, and rather than mourning the dead, the people of Mexico choose to celebrate their lives. They do this in many different ways, but the most common are:
Constructing Altars which are decorated with vibrant colours and where people place their ofrendas (offerings), which are usually flowers, food, pictures, and personal possessions.
Making ofrendas that are meant to summon the dead loved ones so that they come back home. These ofrendas are usually food, toys, cigarettes, alcohol, candles, and the famous “pan de muertos“.
Painting their faces to resemble a skull (or calavera) in order to commemorate the dead. This is probably the most known ritual of the Day of the Dead!
Using Cempasuchiles (or Mexican marigolds) as part of the ofrendas. These colourful flowers are meant to guide the spirits to their altars given their scent and conspicuous colour.
Visiting the graves, story telling of the dead ones, are some of the other many rituals happening during these days but those above are certainly the most common.
At Guzman y Gomez we keep Mexican culture at the heart of everything we do, so like every year we join the tradition and celebrate it down under too!
Please join us Friday November 2nd at any of our stores for a beautiful commemoration of “El Dia de los Muertos”!!! Our crew will be wearing face paint and we will be having a HOT SAUCE CHALLENGE! Are you GAME??? Can you handle the heat???
This year we found inspiration in one of the most iconic Mexican figures – La Catrina – and we have designed the event’s image around her. Printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada illustrated La Catrina in 1913 in order to depict the Mexican woman of the upper class during the early 20th century and portray the social situation Mexico was going through at the time in a satirical way. However, her original story got lost in the general public and she began to be the most recognisable image of “El Dia de los Muertos”.
We are also bringing two of the hottest sauces out there!! Diemen’s Inferno Hot Sauce and Scorpion Stike on Steriods!
Scorpion Strike on Steroids is made from the world’s hottest chilli – the Trinidad scorpion chilli. The chilli is measured at 1.4637 million Scoville units.
The Diemen’s Inferno Hot Sauce uses an intense Australian Reaper chilli and promises to resurrect your tastebuds from beyond the grave.
And to make things more traditional we are also tying in elements of the celebration by setting up altars in the following restaurants:
NSW - GYG World Square
VIC - GYG Swanston Street
QLD - GYG Southbank
WA - GYG Northbridge
You can’t miss out!! RSVP to the event here!
And if you know a spice-lover (or even better, a spice-HATER!) then feel free to share and dare! Dare them to do the #HotSauceChallenge on Friday November 2nd by coming down to your local Guzman y Gomez to celebrate The Day of the Deadly Sauce!
If you’re still not convinced have a look at how amazing this day was last year!
Terms and Conditions
1. Hot Sauce only available the 2nd of November 2018
2. Purchase not required to be able to try the Hot Sauces
3. Hot Sauce tasting not available online or for catering
4. The hot sauces are not recommended for people with heart and respiratory problems, for children, pregnant woman, or for pets. Avoid eye contact.