The best destinations to celebrate day of the dead
The Dia de Muertos holiday has recently become as iconic as many other well-known Mexican things as mariachi, famous tacos and tequila, the Día de Muertos is a celebration of life and death. And it’s a beautiful tradition for each Mexican!
Did you know that it is considered a World Cultural Heritage since 2008? This holiday is celebrated with great intensity! Actually, the Mexicans do day of the dead altars (known as ofrendas) for celebrities and family! They called an ofrenda.
That's why we invite you to book a ride with us if you visit Mexico to get to the different festivals that take place in the country. With us, you will never miss a holiday.
What is the Day of the Dead?
At the beginning of November comes a big celebration for Mexican family members. It is believed that the spirits of people who have left the world return to visit their loved ones during the night of the first day of November (being the deceased children's day).
For the second of November (being the deceased adults' day) families gather at local cemeteries to spend the night with their departed and feast the souls with their favorite food during their lifetime. The sugar skulls are the most common snack!
We know how important it is for you to experience these amazing traditions. That's why we invite you to book a ride from the airport to your destination and enjoy the best parties in Mexico with us .
When is the Day of the Dead?
The Day of the Dead begins with Saints Day on October 31st. This date is much better known to Americans but in Mexico it is known as a transitional period where souls come visit the earth. Is this day that this unique celebration begins in the local cemeteries.
Are you going to miss the festivities or will you book a ride with our drivers to get to the best destinations to celebrate the Day of the Dead and to honor the dead?
The best places to visit for Day of the dead in Mexico
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The magical neighborhood of Mixquic
One hour away from Mexico City, Mixquic is one of the most visited local cemeteries in the country. Located in a small town claimed as a "Barrio Magico" for preserving the most iconic traditions of the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico.
The town throws an awesome party. In fact, it is one of the few places that starts the celebration on Saints Day and lasts until November 3. The light that you will see when you enter is not artificial, in fact the only known lights are those of the candles inside the cemetery.
De los Muertos celebration in the Island of Janitzio
The island of Janitzio was one of the most important cultural references of the Day of the Dead in the Pixar movie 'Coco', and you won’t need an armchair to enjoy the magic and mysticism of de los Muertos celebrations!
Janitzio is an island in the middle of the Patzcuaro lake in the state of Michoacan. It is formed by a small hill with different stone constructions, so you will have to walk from the pier all the way up to the cemetery.
During the walking tour you will be able to see handcraft stores and restaurants offering typical food of the region. Such as uchepos and corundas, this is a must visit place for rural tourism in Mexico.
In the cemetery of Janitzio you will see families in typical costumes eating on the grave of their beloved ones. We recommend you to book a ride with us to arrive to the Patzcuaro pier before sunset, this way you can enjoy a beautiful lake scenery and go from the last rays of the sun to an illumination only by candles at nightfall, with day of the dead flowers: cempasúchil all the way.
Dead celebrations at Pomuch, Campeche
In Pomuch, Campeche (southeast Mexico) they celebrate this holiday in a special way. Following the tradition of the Mayan culture, its inhabitants gather in the cemetery a few days before the celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Afterwards, they make way for an unmissable tradition. The cleaning of bones, a ritual carried out by the relatives of the deceased made year after for the “inhabitants of the afterlife”. Did you know that the Mexican underworld is called Mictlán?
If you are from North America, you may find this ritual a bit impressive. Well, it is so called because they literally take out the skeletons of their loved ones to clean them.