Beautiful places to enjoy Day of the Dead
November 1st and 2nd are important dates for Mexicans as Day of the Dead and Faithful Departed are celebrated and we remember our loved ones who are no longer with us. This festivity has been declared by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. If you want to enjoy some of its typical traditions, here are some options where you can do it:
In Mexico City you can visit Zócalo Square where a mega offering is placed and where you can enjoy music, dance and theatre shows.
In San Andrés Mixquic tombstones of mausoleums are decorated with altars full of rushlights and flowers.
Michoacan in one of the most visited states for this celebration, especially the regions of Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzan and Janitizio. There the tombs are embellished with dozens of cempachuchil flowers and at the entrance of many pantheons an arch is placed because it is believed to be crossed by the dead.
In Yucatán the jubilee is known as Hanal Pixán (Food of the Souls) and it begins on October 31 with the Day of the Deceased Children, giving way to the adults on November 1st and 2nd. During these days, families place in their yards a table covered with a white tablecloth, filled with flowers, candles, photographs, as well as food and favorite drinks of their late loved ones. There, the typical dish of the holidays is “mukbipollo”, a grand tamal made of chicken, wrapped in banana leaves, slowly cooked in the ground.
The village of Pomuch in Campeche has an ancestral tradition that dates back to the Maya: prior to Day of the Dead, the inhabitants of the community flock to the cemeteries to clean the tombs and wash the bones of their departed. There is no other place in the world with this cultural practice, in which the dead literally come out of their graves.
In Mexico, we celebrate death amidst colorful and happy ceremonies that are a real explosion of colors and feelings to honor the departed.