Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico

Day of the Dead Mexico

Day of the Dead Mexico. A worldwide known festival. In Mexico and other countries of Central America as well. Families remember their loved and friends ones who have passed away. Yet at the same time celebrate that life continues with a festival full of colors and gastronomy.

Woman with a traditional dress during the day of the Day of the Death Mexico
Woman with a traditional dress during the day of the Day of the Dead Mexico.

Locals believe that the souls of the dead come back and are all around them. Colorful flowers as well as religious amulets cover and adorn gravesites and family altars in the homes and streets.  Day of the Dead Mexico festival is celebrated throughout the whole country. 

Mexico Festivities

One of the highlights of day of the Dead Mexico takes place on October 31st. Participants from morning to afternoon display hunters of altars in most cities of Mexico. Many parks and along the main streets and the great plazas will be occupied by a variety of celebrations. It is possible to find altars, smells, tastes, colors, and small stores and markets.

Colors and food

Several typical fruits, sweets, and a variety of colorful flowers will mix with the smell of chocolate.  In the evening there are processions from parks to the main plazas. Worth to mention are the theatrical performance on the steps of the Cathedrals and parks. It is a delight to visit the altars and participate in the festivities.

Poster of the day of the death Mexico.
A festival full of colors and gastronomy…

According to tradition, they remember departed children on November 1st, which is the “Day of the Little Angels”. During November 2nd they remember the adults who have passed away, which is called “Day of all saints day“.

Only during this holiday, locals paint candles, and use them as decorations on altars. Participants prepare sugar skulls with names on the foreheads which are displayed in the markets and plazas of the country. Visit exhibitions and celebrations in every main city and most little towns through the whole beautiful country of Mexico. 

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO recognized the importance of the Day of the Dead Mexico. UNESCO added the holiday to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Today Mexicans from all ethnic backgrounds celebrate and enjoy the Day of the Dead Mexico. But at its core, the holiday is a reaffirmation of indigenous life and traditions.

If you have the option to travel to visit during these dates, we strongly recommend you to visit any community which celebrates this festival in Mexico.