In Mexico, the Day of The Dead is usually celebrated with a lot of colors and happiness, unlike what many people think. Originally an indigenous tradition, it has incorporated new features and customs with the arrival of Europeans. On this date, Mexican people honor the deceased, and they celebrate their beloved relatives’ souls visiting earth. Family and friends usually get together on the evening of November 1st to visit cemeteries with their relatives. The festivity goes all the way through the 2nd, as a way of keeping memories alive.
The festivity was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and it includes a wide range of colors, flavors and typical elements, such as shredded paper and altars decorated with candles, images and gifts/offerings. According to the tradition, those who have passed away find a path to the living through the altar.
Besides this, the famous skull (La Catrina, which has become a global symbol of this event) and Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead), a delicious delicacy, which includes orange zest and fennel, cannot be missed.
In addition to the City of Mexico, where millions of travelers and locals find numerous festivals, public parades and festivities, the city of Oaxaca is considered a place where the Day of The Dead is also well- preserved. It is a one-hour flight or six-hour drive to get there. The town is fully decorated, with skulls and altars in the central squares. The government organizes a special agenda for the period of celebrations.