Don’t Miss: Day of the Dead, Mexico, Nov 1st

October 31, 2011 by

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. At burial sites or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on skeleton figurines, bright decorations, candles, candy and other offerings such as the favorite foods of the departed. Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the themes and rituals now are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism.

While almost no two cities celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico exactly alike, travelers will find that the holiday is observed nationally. Larger cities, such as Mexico City, will feature huge Mexican Day of the Dead parades that fill the street and shut the city down for one full day or two. The Day of the Dead in Mexico City is one of Mexico”s most exciting events, and offers an excellent way to experience the culture and history of the city and its people.

photo credit: Glen’s Pics via Flickr

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