Mexico City Journals

Day of the Dead

A November 2006 trip to Mexico City by JesusW

Day of the Dead Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: This is a joyful celebration. Not a scary one, the idea is to welcome the dead people on their visit to our dimension.

Day of the Dead

Attraction | "Day of the Death "

Day of the Dead Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Is not exactly a festival, but is similar as it involves all the society towards a celebration, in this case is to venerate and welcome those persons who already passed away to another dimension and only comes back during this days.The first of November is the celebration of the dead children and the second day is for all the grownups. Tradition says that the Monarch Butterfly is the soul of those persons and normally arrives to Mexico on the first days of November, the color of the wings: orange and black is the theme for the festivities as also the traditional flower of the day is also orange, an interesting coincidence, same as pumpkins.In contrast with the celebration of Ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2006

Day of the Dead

Mexico City, Mexico

Day of the Dead

Attraction | "Day of the Dead - Cemeteries"

Day of the Dead Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Each beginning of November the cemeteries are visited by large crowds, all the people attend to wash and repair the tombs of their loved ones. It almost seems like a picnic as people that still follow the tradition bring food and drinks to honor the departed ones. In some cases they even hire a mariachi band or a guitar trio to play the song that the deceased one loved to listen.In Mexico the flowers are cheaper than in the USA but on this season the prices skyrocket as the demand is really high, but even then flowers are purchased by the dozen or larger packages in order to decorate the tombs in singular and beautiful patterns. The main flower used is the Cempazuchitl (marygold) which is seas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2006

Day of the Dead

Mexico City, Mexico

Day of the Dead Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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The Fire Department is really loved in Mexico City as the firefighters literally risk their lives every day and they earn a very low wage. Even the equipment they posses is not top of the line and that increases the merit of the brave firefighters.