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Five traditional places to celebrate Day of the Dead

Day of the dead, a very lively tradition

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Mexico offers incomparable opportunities to explore the Day of the Dead. During this time, all of Mexico is filled with music, colorful costumes and food. Each region of the country has its own take on the celebration; some families take an entire year to prepare. 

The best way to learn more about this particular culture is to experience it. Plan a trip to visit during the end of October and live through the local customs and colorful celebrations. 

Michoacán
The Day of the Dead tradition has special roots in Michoacán. In Pátzcuaro, the Purépechas celebrate the life of their loved ones with a ritual on the lake and the island of Janitzio.
Towns like Jarácuar and Tzintzuntzan have traditional open-air staging and the famous ball game Cuanajo. Here the altars, known as ketzitacua, are decorated with flowers and colored papers. The celebrations in each place feature drinks such as hot chocolate or punch, snacks such as tamales and corn on the cob, and typical dancing, like the ""Dance of the Viejitos.”


Mexico City
Day of the Dead here takes over museums, cultural centers, schools, churches and more. Each touristic spot, neighborhood or plaza varies in its decorations. Offerings are placed in houses, courtyards and public spaces. Visitors should explore:
The flaoting trajineras in Xochimilco
The museums – each museum has a Day of the Dead exhibit 
The mega offerings in the Plaza de Santo Domingo, located in the Historic Center 
The Day of the Dead Parade of Skulls and Catrinas 
The village of San Andrés Mixquic – thousands gather here to see the altars, the mariachi, the parade and the Tlahuac delegation

San Luis Potosi
As part of the celebrations for the Day of the Dead and in an effort to strengthen one of the greatest traditions in popular culture, this region puts on an incredible display of offerings, sweets, tamales and day of the dead bread. Aguacatitla, a small village, sees visitors flock to its historic streets to admire its large flower arch, altars and ceremonies held in Nahuatl. In nearbye Chalco, families gather around the tombs of the deceased and decorate them with flowers of all kinds.

Puebla
Puebla is another wonderful destination to explore the Day of the Dead. In the town of Huquechula, locals merge crafts of the pre-Hispanic era with ornaments based on the traditions of Catholicism. In Sierra Mixteca, they create special crafts to place on the altars of the indigenous families and have a special section dedicated specifically to those who died recently. They place candles of all sizes and shapes near the altars, each represents the spirit of a loved one who passed. 

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
In Guanajuato, celebration takes the main stage. Most days are filled with parades, incredible food and endless cultural events. This is a great time to walk around the city center and explore the festivities. 

Visitors must explore the colorful and welcoming local parish as it is at the heart of the parade, and everyone there is dressed up in traditional costumes.


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