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Mexico City: Day of the Dead

Mexico City

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the most populous North American city. Another distinct feature is that the Mexican sun revolves around it. Along with its 8.84 million inhabitants, it is one of the world’s epicenters of culture, history, and urban excitement. With many neighborhoods currently experiencing urban renewal, visitors will see signs of rich Mayan and Spanish cultures on display in the streets or in one of the 150 + museums. They can also experience vast culinary options with the rich mixture of Mayan, Spanish, and African cultural cuisine.

Photo Credit: Arthur Fuller

Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos in Spanish, is a tradition and multi-day holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico and the world. Contrary to popular belief, the holiday is an opportunity for family and friends to gather together to pray for and remember departed loved ones. Day of the Dead is celebrated on October 31 – November 2 to merely coincide with Western Christianity’s tradition of Allhallowtide, All Saints Eve, All Saints Day, and All Soul’s Day. Families build private alters called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, Aztec marigolds, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. This culminates with a visit to the graves of loved ones and the presentation of these beautiful gifts.

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