Day of the Dead

Culture

Day of the Dead (or Dia de Muertos) is the Mexican holiday celebrated from midnight 31st October to 2nd November to remember & honour friends & family who have passed away. 

Ofrendas (alters) are built across Mexico and are said to guide the spirits of the dead back to Earth to visit the friends & families they left behind. Ofrendas are set up in plazas across Mexico & families set them up on graves of their loved ones or in their homes.  Friends & family gather together to bring offerings of sugar skulls, marigolds, food & drinks while singing songs, playing games, drinking, chatting & telling stories.

Experience Dia de Muertos:

Mexico City & Mixquic – this urban modern city is home to some of the most elaborate alters, set up at museums & plazas across the city. An alter compeition is held at Zócalo (Main Square). Hidden within the city is the small town of Mixquic where more traditional, rural celebrations are held. A candlelit procession carries a coffin with a cardboard skeleton to the town’s graveyard where families gather to celebrate.

Lake Pátzcuaro – the small streets are bursting with elaborate spiritual & traditional Day of the Dead rituals, processions, music & folk dances. Marigolds & stalls selling sugar skulls & handmade skeleton ornaments line the streets and local fishermen row out to light up the lake with candles as the bells of local cemeteries ring throughout the night inviting spirits to return.

Oaxaca – experience Day of the Dead with colourful marketplaces, vigils in cemeteries and night-time processions called Comparsas.