For the past couple of years I’ve written about one of my favorite Mexican holidays, día de muertos or day of the dead. This post has a little explanation of what this holiday is about and this other one contains the recipe for pan de muerto, a delicious bread that is eaten traditionally around this time of the year. I made it last year and it turned out so good, you should really try it!
This time I’m not going to write a lot about this holiday. Instead I’m going to share with you some of the pictures I took on Tuesday in Coyoacan. I’ve written that Coyoacan is my favorite part of the city and I’m living in that area of the city now. Since November 2nd is an official holiday I didn’t have to work and I spent the whole afternoon walking around the center of the neighborhood taking pictures, watching people in costumes and street performers, eating great food, drinking great coffee and just enjoying myself. Next year I will definitely dress up for this holiday, starting on October 31st to celebrate Halloween, then Nov. 1st and 2nd for this fun time of the year.
Let’s start with the traditional altars that people put up for their dead family members:
Every year different organizations and artist create artistic offerings that are on display in the main plaza:
The Mexican or Aztec Marigold is the flower used to decorate altars and for some artwork like the ones shown above:
There was also a lot of art to mock death:
And of course La Catrina, an elegant skull that is a staple in Mexican culture and traditions:
And many other costumes that people have been incorporating into this celebration:
But the best part for me was the prayer that a group of original Mexican dancers performed as part of the celebration to the gods that gave origin to this amazing tradition (I might be joining this group):
Around the country there are many ways people celebrate this day. Some of the most beautiful ones are in Patzcuaro, Michoaca, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca and in many places of Mexico City like Coyoacan, downtown, Xochimilco and the National University of Mexico . But every region of the country has its own traditions and its own way of celebrating. I’m already making plans for next year. If you ever come to Mexico around this time of the year, make sure to include this celebration in your itinerary.
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