Day of the Dead

To non Mexicans, the Day of the Dead festivities may sound rather macabre, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact this festival demonstrates the average Mexicans love and respect for their ancestors and dearly departed.

It all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico, who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry. The event is held in graveyards across Mexico, allowing people to commune with deceased family members, not in a somber fashion, but with a joyful sense of reunion.

Deceased children (known as little angels) are remembered on November 1st (All Saints' Day), while adults are remembered on November 2nd (All Souls' Day). During the previous week, vendors set up stalls selling sugar candies in the shape of skeletons, skulls, coffins and tombs. Families create altars in their homes, with flowers, candles, religious amulets and photographs of the dead.

Adult graves are adorned with offerings of the deceased's favorite possessions, foods, alcohol or cigarettes, and are profusely decorated with colorful flowers, particularly marigolds, which are believed to guide the spirits of loved ones home. Children's graves have toys placed upon them, and are covered with colorful streamers and balloons.

 

Graveyards are crowded during the event. At 6:00 PM, the bells begin to ring every 30 seconds, summoning the deceased. Entire families may stand vigil throughout the night, ensuring they will be recognized when their dearly departed arrive to partake of the feast offered them. The following day, after the spirits have had their fill, what's left is consumed as part of an elaborate picnic.

There is story telling and laughter as the departed are remembered. Children romp around the tombs, munching on sugar skeletons and skulls, while adults sample pan de los muertos (bread of the dead). Who will be the lucky one to bite into the toy plastic skeleton hidden by the baker in each loaf?

Oaxaca is a special place to visit at any time of year, but being present during this unique festival will leave you with unforgettable memories. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this celebration for the deceased is the infusion of life given to its participants.

Dia de los Muertos 
Day of the Dead


ACTIVITIES FOR 2019:

OCT 25

FRIDAY- MORNING

COOKING CLASS : MOLE NEGRO

PRICE: $75 USD PER PERSON

START: 10 AM*

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OCT 26

SATURDAY- MORNING

COOKING CLASS : MOLE NEGRO

PRICE: $75 USD PER PERSON

START: 10 AM*

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OCT 27

SUNDAY - MORNING

MARKET TOUR OF TLACOLULA, THE WEAVING VILLAGE OF TEOTITLAN  DEL VALLE, THE RUINS OF LAMBITYECO AND A MEZCAL FACTORY TOUR.

LUNCH INCLUDED.

PRICE: $65 USD PER PERSON

START TIME: 9 AM*

OCT 28

 

MONDAY - MORNING

SAN ANTONINO, SAN MARTIN TILCAJETE & PICNIC

PRICE: 60 USD PER PERSON

START TIME 9:30 AM*

We will first visit a world-famous Alebrije artist in San Marti then will go out to the fields and choose our own flowers for the decoration of the family altar at the B&B. A picnic will be provided.

 

 

OCT 29

TUESDAY - MORNING

COOKING CLASS : MOLE NEGRO

PRICE: $75 USD PER PERSON

START: 10 AM*

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OCT 30

WEDNESDAY - MORNING

COOKING CLASS : MOLE NEGRO

PRICE: $75 USD PER PERSON

STARTS: 10 AM*

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OCT 30

ACTIVITY FULL

 

WEDNESDAY - AFTERNOON

ALTAR CONSTRUCTION:

PRICE: $25 USD PER PERSON

STARTS: 5:30 PM*

 

OCT 31

 

CLASS FULL

THURSDAY - MORNING

COOKING CLASS : MOLE NEGRO

PRICE: $75 USD PER PERSON

STARTS: 10 AM*

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NOV 01

FRIDAY - EVENING

 

FULL DINNER & COMPARSA**

A four-course dinner, cocktail/wine/beer with live music.

PRICE: $70 USD PER PERSON

TIME: 7 PM

NOV 02

 

FRIDAY - EVENING

THE CEMETERIES OF SAN MIGUEL & SAN FELIPE

PRICE: $40 USD PER PERSON

DEPARTURE TIME: 5 PM*

 

NOV 03

SATURDAY - AFTERNOON/EVENING

THE CEMETERY

OF SAN ANTONINO 

PRICE: $90 USD PER PERSON

DEPARTURE TIME: 3:30 PM*

We will depart early to have the lighting just right at this cemetery for some good photography.  After the visit we will depart to have a home-made dinner and then off to an evening show with live music, dancing and drinks. 

 

* All activities are paid for in advance in full. Except for the Dinner all departures will take place from La Casa de Mis Recuerdos located at Pino Suarez 508. Transportation, where needed is included.

** A comparsa is a gathering of people dressed up in costume who march and dance through the streets accompanied by musicians. This particular one has the theme of El Dia de los Muertos and take place in our neighborhood. It starts just about the time our dinner finishes and last all throughout the night.

 

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