Places to visit during Day of the Dead – Día de Muertos in Mexico 2011

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Day of the Dead is the most important celebration in Mexico. The festival mainly takes place on Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day; November 1) when the souls of dead children (angelitos, little angels) are celebrated and is lead-up to the day Dia de Difuntos (All Souls’ Day; November 2) but the preparations usually begins couple of days or even weeks before in October. This article will provide complex information on places and events not to miss while in Mexico during the celebrations of Day of the Dead.

 

Ofrendas – Day of the Dead OfferingS

Every family and every institution in Mexico builds ofrendas = offerings or altars for their dead. There are excellent articles listing all the offering for Dia de Muertos in Mexico City for previous couple of years and I recommend to check it or find updated version for actual year:

The offering that you can see in the video was respectfully prepared in a Mexican home. It includes sugar and chocolate skulls as well as Catrinas made of caramel, colorful flowers and a Mexican traditional folk art involving cutting out patterns on colorful papers etc.

Ofrenda de Día de Muertos // Day of the Dead Offering from Paty V. on Vimeo.

 

 

Places to see On Dia de Muertos in Mexico City

Every cemetery in the country comes alive as families visit graveyards to commune with their dead on the night of November 1 and the day of November 2, when the souls of the dead are believed to return to earth.  Elaborate ofrendas (altars) show up everywhere from public markets to metro stations.

According to Lonely Planet’s book about Mexico City and other sources, some of the best ofrendas are at:

 

 

 

Map of Dia de Muertos 2011 in Mexico City

The best places that are highly recommended to visit in Mexico City, Distrito Federal are listed in the map, together with detailed schedule of events taking place around Federal District in Mexico. The map is valid for 2011, however many places might have similar schedule every year. All the places mentioned in this article are included in the map.


View Dia de los Muertos 2011 in a larger map

 

 

 

Map of Dia de Muertos 2010 in Mexico City

The best places with public offerings organized by the municipal governments of delegations in Mexico City, Distrito Federal are listed in the map, together with detailed schedule of events taking place. The map is valid for 2010, however many places might have similar schedule every year.


View Día de Muertos 2010 in a larger map

 

 

 

San Andres Mixquic

This small magic village “bariio magico” is definitely a highly recommended place to be at for the Day of the Dead celebrations. Here, the holiday is celebrated as a spiritual or religious affair, rather than as a folk tradition celebrated in the urban areas of the Mexico City. Commemorations consist of both ritual and cultural events lasting from 31 October to 2 November. These events draw thousands of Mexican and international visitors, and culminate in the Alumbrada, when the cemetery that surrounds the community’s main church glows with thousands of candles and smoke from incense the evening of 2 November.

There are several excellent sources to check before you visit the village:

 

Teatro Miquiztli Casa de Cultura Calterela

A local theater in Mixquic has some fine performances from 29 October to 2 November. The official program for 2011 can be seen in the pictures below. Updated version might be find at the official website of Misquic.

Teatro Miquiztli - Casa de Cultura Cartelera 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - Casa de Cultura Cartelera 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - October 29, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - October 29, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - October 30, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - October 30, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - October 31, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - October 31, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - November 1, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - November 1, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - November 2, 2011

Teatro Miquiztli - November 2, 2011

 

 

 

MEGA-OFRENDA IN UNAM – Festival universitario

Every year Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico organizes huge competition of offerings built by students of different schools and departments of UNAM. Offerings are displayed at Explanada Central de La Ciudad Universitaria usually from 28 October to 2 November. Try following links to obtain up-to-date information:

 

Mega Ofrenda UNAM 2011

Mega Ofrenda UNAM 2011

 

 

OFRENDAS EN EL Monumento “El Ángel”

It is a tradition to built a very nontraditional offerings at Moneumento a La Independencia “El Angel”. At about 6PM on October 31, 2011, hundreds of people gathered at the monument to place thousands of candles, cardboard and wooden crosses around the monument symbolizing more than 50,000 victims who have died violently in recent years, especially since the government of Felipe Calderon declared the war on drug trafficking in 2006.

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