There are lots to look forward to after this quarantine period is over. While people across the country continue to follow government recommendations to practice social-distancing and quarantining just about everyone has spent some time imagining what they’ll do next. Whether it’s getting a proper hair cut, throwing a party or going on a date.
Curious about what you guys plan on doing first, we asked what your plans were.
Not surprisingly within a matter of hours comments filled the post. So far 170 people have replied.
Here’s what you said!
Take part in the holy trinity
“Praise GOD but then Mani, Pedi, & Hair” –ibedatnica
Getting back to work.
“Hug my Mami & Papi and then get back to doing banging brows and lashes!💆♀️💞 Keep creating!” -christinabeeartistry
Keeping an eye out
“Wait a few more weeks and see what happens to everyone else first😂😂😂. If the coast is clear then I’ll be taking a trip.”sunshinealllday
Getting a propper wax for date night.
“Go hike, go to a sit down restaurant, a bar, dance, Disneyland, see my boyfriend, church, go to the beach, wax, road trip, everything! Lol” –jennydltt
Finally getting that taco date night
“Hit the gym, go to the mountains con mi clica, ir al baile, y chingarme unos tacos on a date.”- aislinn.labra
Visiting older family members
“Love the optimism. Important to understand that this may be the new normal for a long time. I would love to see my grandmother in Mexico who turns 100 this upcoming January. She is planning a party where she will dress up like an adelita with bullets across her chest to celebrate her past.”- pbaltez18
Starbucks and chill… but outside
Get my hair, nails and eyebrows done! Then go to Starbucks get a coffee inside, hit HomeGoods and Ross to finish my day.”- theoneandonlypea
Propper hair cuts
“Im getting a pedicure and haircut 😭 hitting TJ MAXX, the beach, going on dates with my boo, and going to the mall to get some damn Cinnabon”- chunkymonkay
Overloading on hugs
“I’m gonna go see my boy and give him a four-hour hug. Then I’m gonna go hug all of my other friends for another four hours. Then I’m gonna go hug my grandmother for a week.” – dwwriter_1004
In Mexico, traditions are sacred and family is everything. So when the Coronavirus pandemic hit Mexico and threatened to take away many of the country’s prized traditions, people sprung into action to think outside the box so that communities could continue celebrating the year’s many traditions but in a low-risk way.
It’s this commitment to tradition and ingenuity that is helping Día de Muertos traditions live on this year, despite the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.
Día de Muertos is usually celebrated across Central and Southern Mexico with large celebrations that include people from the entire pueblo. Well, obviously this year that isn’t exactly possible (or at least safe) so authorities are creating new ways to bring the important celebrations to Mexicans (and others) around the world.
Thanks to Covid-19, our Día de Muertos celebrations will look a lot different this year.
Typically at this time of year, Mexico bustles with activity and cities and pueblos across the country come to life full of color and scents. The cempasúchil – the typical orange marigolds associated with Día de Muertos – are everywhere and the scent is intoxicating.
However, things look exceptionally different this year. Mexican authorities have said cemeteries will remain closed for the Nov. 2 celebration, meaning that people aren’t buying up the flowers as in years past. In fact, according to many growers, less than half the typical amount have been grown this year.
Along with the cutback in flowers and typical holiday purchases, nearly all of the country’s major events have been cancelled by authorities. However, officials say that families can still celebrate but in more private ways or by tuning into online, virtual events.
Mexican authorities are urging people to practice sana distancia and avoid large family gatherings – including for Day of the Dead.
For many Mexicans, however, this year is especially important to celebrate the holiday in honor of the loved ones they’ve lost to the pandemic. Mexico has been one of the world’s hardest hit countries as there have been more than 855,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 86,338 deaths. Although those numbers are said to be highly skewed thanks to one of the world’s lowest testing rates.
“This year is very special because my family members died of COVID-19,” said Dulce Maria Torres in an interview with NBC News, who was buying flowers at a traditional market in the Mexican capital. “It’s important to me and we want to make them a beautiful offering.”
However, authorities are pleading with people to help contain the virus’ spread by avoiding the traditional family gatherings associated with the holiday.
As Mexico works to curb the spread of Covid-19, most events are going virtual this year.
Authorities across Mexico are working to maintain a balance between tradition and safety as they work to bring Día de Muertos celebrations to an online audience.
In an interview, Paola Félix Díaz, Director of the Tourism Promotion Fund, said that “Events such as the Day of the Dead are an opportunity to generate a tribute to all the people who have left because of this disease but also as a reminder of all the traditions that cannot be stopped.”
Officials are working an app called “Xóchitl, Mexico’s virtual ambassador for the world” that will work as an interactive digital platform featuring AR (Augmented Reality), which will include content related to Mexican traditions, culture, and entertainment.
The platform will give access to virtual events, live streaming for the promotion of beautiful Mexico City in a safe way without putting anyone at risk. The parade will be held inside a stadium or a recording studio, without public and following all COVID-19 protocols. The event will be broadcast in many different online platforms”
Even Mexico City’s famed Día de Muertos parade is going virtual this year.
Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade is one of the country’s biggest tourism draws. Just last year the city had more than 2 million people at the parade. In addition, it’s a widely sponsored event by large companies such as Apple and Mattel. It brings in millions of dollars of revenue to the city.
Félix Díaz said that the possibilities of a virtual parade or “looking for these new trends such as drive-ins or a car tour are in talks. We are planning it.”
Cancun’s Xcaret park will be hosting an online festival to celebrate the holiday.
Although the sustainable park based outside Cancun has suspended all of its events and activities for 2020, in accordance with WHO recommendations, the park will host a virtual celebration for Día de Muertos.
Although the official date hasn’t yet been confirmed, the group says that they are excited to bring the event (now in its 14th year) to people around the world via an online celebration.
Events in the U.S. will also be taking place online – from California to New York.
One of the country’s largest Día de Muertos events, held in LA’s Grand Park will take place with 12 days of virtual celebrations. You’ll find arts workshops, digital ofrendas and storytelling online, as well as in-real-life art installations at the neighboring Downtown locations. Self-Help Graphics & Art—which hosts its own Day of the Dead event—has curated 11 large-scale altars for socially distant viewing, with audio tours available online.
Downey moves its annual Day of the Dead celebration from the city’s civic center to the internet with this virtual celebration. In the lead-up to the event you’ll be able to find recipes and crafting tutorials, and on the day of you can expect a mix of movies, music, ballet folklorico performances, shopping opportunities and a pair of art exhibitions.
And for those of us who can’t wait and/or want 24/7/365 access to Día de Muertos events, there’s always Google. The platform brings tons of Day of the Dead exhibits and information to users around the world through its Google Arts & Culture site, which you can view here.
All too often we hear stories involving social media that don’t paint the best picture of the digital platforms. From trolls coming for people or fights and arguments going public to sexual harassment and doxxing, social media has so often been used as a tool to do harm.
Thankfully, though, that’s not always the case.
Now we get to tell the story of how one viral video has helped rescue a 90-year-old abuelita and her disabled 17-year-old great-grandson from dire straights.
A 90-year-old abuela and her great-grandson will soon have a new home thanks to support from social media.
Last week, a video was posted to social media about the dangerous and unsanitary conditions a 90-year-old woman and her great-grandson were living in. The woman, from Veracruz, Mexico, lived with her great-grandson, Pedro Miguel, in a shack with tarps for walls and rusted-out tin roof.
The shack was furnished with not much more than a bed, which got wet every time it rained. López’s children have died, her grandchildren have abandoned her, and Pedro is basically the only family she has.
Since the video went viral, DIF Family Services agency met with López and her grandson to assess their health and announced both would get the medications they need. Meanwhile, Leonor López, has been housed in a shelter for the elderly and Pedro was placed in a state-run home where each will remain until authorities can find a home for her and Pedro.
The great-grandmother and her great-grandson are all the other has.
Leonora has cared for Pedro ever since he was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth. The 17-year-old does not speak and suffers from epileptic seizures.
Before being placed in supportive housing, each day Leonor would leave her house with a rope tied to the arm of her great-grandson as they went out to collect whatever they could to earn money. Some days they’d collect aluminum cans or cardboard to sell and some days they’d visit verdulerías or even private homes to dig through the garbage to find something to eat.
Every two months Leonora would receive her disability pension of $2,500 pesos (or about $125 USD), which she had to use to buy medicines for Pedro. She also told Milenio that she owes money from the last time Pedro got severely ill.
“When he gets sick I take him to the hospital or to the Red Cross, but they charge me a lot, because he has seizures. This time he got sick I took him but they charged me $6,400 [pesos or ($320 USD)] for three days of care.”
However, since being taken into assisted care, Pedro has also been enrolled to receive his own disability pension, which will definitely help address his medical costs.
Sadly, there misfortunes haven’t ended there.
In what is truly a disappointing story, often times when Leonor and Pedro have gone out to try and earn what money they can, they’re home is robbed of what little they have. According to their neighbor Rogelio, the community hasn’t come to their support – instead they steal from the family.
“I don’t see someone coming to help her, on the contrary, what little she has there they steal from her, even though she is alone in her house they steal what little she can gather; people take advantage,” Rogelio told Milenio.
Thankfully, the viral video has helped spur change for the family and they’ll soon have a proper home and the government benefits they’re both entitled to.