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El dia de los Muertos

Many Mexican citizens consider The Day of the Dead their favorite holiday, and those fortunate enough to see the celebrations first-hand have no problem understanding why. Public celebrations in Mexico are arguably the most vibrant on the planet, with spectacular festivals and feasts throughout the country from the tiniest villages to the streets of Mexico City. Perhaps the heart of this holiday lies in Central Mexico’s Oaxaca, although all parts of the country offer uniquely beautiful festivities. Mexican citizens welcome respectful visitors to all of their celebrations. As in other traditional Day of the Dead celebrations, elaborate altars are decorated with bread as the centerpiece, and feasting is enjoyed by all. It’s important to note that the holiday isn’t about remembrance but rather reconnecting and celebrating with the spirits of the dead.

 

Day of the Dead festivities are held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, and according to Mexican tradition, in those three days the souls of the dead come to our world to have a meal with their relatives. That’s why we, the living ones, must put an altar with food and beverages to offer to these spirits.

During this celebration, you can visit remote villages as well as join in on celebrations in Yucatan, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Michoacán, or other parts of the country. Each area has its own characteristics for this celebration, for example in the Yucatan Peninsula the Day of the Dead has the name of Hanal Pixan, which is celebrated by the Mayan People of the península, and literally means “food for the spirits”

At Maritur DMC, we specialize in providing travellers with authentic, high-quality experiences that go beyond the typical tourist trappings and gets you into the heart of the local culture. We also take pride in organizing corporate events and incentive trips, highlighting cultural diversity and traditions. Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting a colorful, FUN and vibrant Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event.