The Day of the Dead is a tradition that in Mexico is much more than a celebration, it is a unique holiday. The celebration is based on a traditional belief that the souls of our deceased relatives return to earth on November 1 and 2 to spend some time here and enjoy typical food, drinks and sweets, which are placed on altars along with other items such as flowers, little sugar skulls, and other items typical of the holiday.
Although in many places of the world people honor death, the way in which this day is celebrated in Mexico, and particularly in Michoacán, is so unique that it attracts not only locals but also foreigners to learn about and experience the traditional holiday for themselves.
What places to visit?
Although all of Mexico becomes a party during the first days of November, the Day of the Dead is a date you will love enjoying in Michoacán, where the colors, music, and character of this region will make you see death in a different way. Now, we will share the most representative places in this city for you to live this traditional holiday.
The residents of the place know they are going to reunite with their dead loved ones when the bells start ringing, and it is then that people go to the graves of their departed family members with offerings to remember and receive those who passed. At night, you can hear songs and prayers from the Purepecha people, and the area is filled with lights and colors, candles and flowers, which also fill the area with a very special aroma.
If you are already planning to go to this celebration in Janitzio, remember to take warm and comfortable clothing with you, since it is a ritual that lasts all night long and takes place outdoors in the cool night air. Take advantage of this trip to fall in love with the beautiful views — from the Morelos Monument, the Janitzio Island is illuminated in a very special way during these holidays, and it is a great spectacle for the eye.
The magical town of Patzcuaro is a place in which this holiday is also especially meaningful. The night is prepared to welcome the dead and offer them delicacies they enjoyed while still alive. The streets are filled with music and songs in order to perform the traditional dances and special foods.
The fishermen sail with candles on their boats to the Janitizio Island, creating a show of lights on the water, which conjures images of the magic of this tradition. Prepare yourself to admire the beauty of the lights, and the warmth of the inhabitants who are waiting for the momentary return of their beloved ones with great anticipation.
Although all holidays are really similar in each part of the State of Michoacán, the neighborhoods have different customs. For example, in Jaracuaro, the atrium of the Church is decorated with high flower arches, mainly cempasuchil (marigold) flowers, because people have always believed it connects the world of the dead with that of the living.
From a very early time, women make typical foods to take to their relatives’ graves and once the night finishes, the food returns to church where later, among songs, it is shared among the visitors.
Have you ever participated in this Mexican holiday? If you have, you already know that it is a holiday in which death is not a loss, but a celebration. If you have never enjoyed this holiday, then you have to visit Michoacán experience the best that Day of the Dead has to offer.
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