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Day of the Dead
Festivals in Mexico City

Fusion of ancient traditions of the indigenous past with christian elements, the day of the dead, wrapped with fragances, flavors and popular sensibility is undoubtly one of the most authentic celebrations of Mexico.

Each part of the country has is very particular way of celebrating this date and Mexico City too. From little altars where families offer to their dead the food and drink they used to enjoy in life to theatrical performances and popular festivities in the squares and neighborhoods of the city, Mexico City offers in this days a big variety of cultural activities, art exhibitions and nice sunny weather that makes this time of the year one of the best to know the splendours of the city.

Here are some places that you can not miss if you visit Mexico City in this days:

Dead offerings of University City

From years ago, the UNAM, the most important university of Latin America organizes this offering in its central campus with students and professors that create this offerings (authentic artworks) inspired by a book or a writer. Large cardboard dolls, flowers and poetry begin to be prepared since the last week of October for getting it ready to the great celebration of November 1st and 2nd when taking advantage of the weather take place open air spectacles, plays and mexican folk and emergent music in a family athmosphere with the irreverent and fresh touch of the youth in a framework where modern architecture dress up with lights, candles and the most rooted traditions.

Day of the Dead Festival in Coyoacan 

Each year increases the number of visitors that go to the historical centre of Coyoacan to celebrate this date in a mixture of the american halloween with mexican traditions. The night of November 2nd familes gather in the main square of Coyoacan dressed up in different costumes, being the most popular the one of “Catrina”. That character  was created by the mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada in 1910 and painted by Diego Rivera in its mural “Dream of a Sunday promenade around Alameda Central park”. This character, a skeleton dressed with elegant female époque garments, represented in that time the decadent porfirian oligarchy and has become over time in a point of reference of the mexican popular culture.

Offering of the Claustro de Sor Juana 

In the main altar of a colonial temple in the Historical Centre is realized every year a majestic dead offering, considered as one of the best elaborated and with more artistic value. Accompanied by sacred music and surrounded by the smells of the flower Cempoasuchil, visiting this place is the ideal pretext for walking around the area and taking a look on the several events that take place in the Zocalo Square and in the museum and culture centres of the zone.

Night of Dead in Mixquic 

Located in the south of the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City, Mixquic is one the places of the country where this celebration is more rooted. During the night of November 1st a long car caravan drive from different parts of the city to this point where is an impressive number of people celebrating; dead offerings are located at the entrance of houses and shops, candles and orange flowers welcome us while local kids ask for sweets on the streets. Tradicional mexican sweets, food stalls and popular dances are also part of the celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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