Day of the Dead Oaxaca 2021: Ultimate Trip Planning Guide

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Planning to experience Day of the Dead Oaxaca in 2021?!

This cultural celebration is high atop many people’s Mexico travel bucket lists — and you’ve come to the right article because I went in 2018, and now I’m telling you everything you need to know about Mexico’s famed Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday celebration!

As someone who’s been, I can assure you, this is one of coolest experiences in Mexico.

Let me also (not-so-humbly) say, you’ve come to the right blogger! 👋 I’m Shelley, and I have been a solo traveler in Mexico since April 2018! I spent about four months in Oaxaca throughout my 2.5 years of solo travel in Mexico. In fact, Oaxaca is my hands down favorite Mexican state.

Why Oaxaca?

Oaxaca, in a word, is magical.

I believe Oaxaca is the Mexico people imagine Mexico to be! From ahhh-mazing Mexican food & rich history, to the colorful festivals like Day of the Dead, Oaxaca is undeniably one of Mexico’s cultural capitals!

From the holiday’s history, to everything you need to know about seeing all the ofrendas (altars), & cemeteries, to where to stay in Oaxaca City — we’re covering it all in this blog.

The best place to experience all of that culture? Day of the Dead in Oaxaca City, of course. The first thing we need to figure out, though, is when you’re going!



Planning for Day of the Dead 2021


✔️ Book your Airbnb or accommodations in February-March for Day of the Dead 2021
✔️ Book tours through Airbnb Experiences by June-July 2021

Right off the bat — there are a few key things you need to consider when formulating your Day of the Dead plan!

The first one is that you should really consider booking your accommodations as early as 9-months in advance (yes, you read that right). Keep in mind, I’m saying this and I’m not even much of a travel planner!

The second thing you should know is that if you’re someone who likes doing group tours, you should also book those at least 3-months in advance, and I highly recommend Airbnb Experiences… Keep reading for info about both tips!

Is #DayOfTheDead in Oaxaca, Mexico on your bucket list? 🌺💀🌺 Find out why you should start planning for #DiaDeMuertos 2021 now! 🕯 #DiaDeLosMuertos #Mexico

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CHECK OUT EPISODE #16 | Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the state of Oaxaca, including the all of downtown Oaxaca City!

Downtown Oaxaca City is not very big — think 40 square blocks.

Meaning this: hotels, hostels & Airbnbs completely fill up well in advance of Day of the Dead, because there simply aren’t that many of them.

I’d advise you to book your accommodations as early as February-March, especially if you have particular needs when it comes to where you stay (like no stairs, full kitchen, etc.).

This is the most popular time to be in Oaxaca City, so if your plans for Day of the Dead 2020 were disrupted or cancelled due to Covid — it’s not too early to plan for Day of the Dead 2021.

Oaxaca City’s colorful buildings and colonial architecture.

Oaxaca City’s Best Airbnbs

Full disclosure: I’m an Airbnb traveler — as opposed to hostels or hotels.

I traveled solo through Mexico for years, and only stayed in Airbnbs; no shade on the other options, Airbnb is just my preferred lodging style.

With years of experience under my belt, I’m really good at combing through reviews, and figuring out the best Airbnb option… including this adorable rooftop apartment I stayed in!

Here are a bunch of options I have carefully curated after thorough research! On this list you’ll find only the best rated places, in the best areas of Oaxaca City, hosted by the most super people (AKA Airbnb’s Superhosts).

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Centro Historico (Historic Downtown), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A lot of Mexican companies don’t have websites!

…and why am I even telling you this?

If someone hasn’t personally recommended you a tour company by name, it’s not super easy to locate Day of the Dead tours & tour companies online.

After being in Mexico since April 2018, I can tell you this… Mexico is a book it in person kind of place (for the most part).

While this is all fine & good for normal travel, it doesn’t work for Day of the Dead!

I met many a traveler who showed up to Oaxaca City and couldn’t book anything because all the tours were sold out!

If you’re more of a group tour-style traveler, and you don’t want to spend hours (probably days) researching tour companies for Day of the Dead, your best best is an Airbnb Experience!

Day of the Dead cemetary with flowers and lit candles

Day of the Dead Airbnb Experiences

I’ve done several Airbnb Experiences throughout Mexico, and really grew to love them for a few reasons:

  • You’re directly supporting a local, as well as the local Oaxaca City economy.
  • If you’re traveling solo, like I did, they are a great way to meet people!
  • They are always capped at a smaller size than most group tours. More intimacy means more attention from your guide for anything you might need.
  • Much like Airbnb stays, Airbnb Experience hosts/guides get reviewed, meaning they have extra motivation to do a good job. If their numbers drop too low, they can even be removed from the site!
  • You can easily research, book & pay for them on the Airbnb site — all from the comfort of your couch — with the ease of their search platform.

Here are a few of my favorites! These range from Day of the Dead experiences, to Hierve el Agua day trips, to cooking classes and mezcal tastings!

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What is Day of the Dead?


✔️ Day of the Dead actually takes place over the same three days each year: Oct. 31 & Nov. 1-2
✔️ This holiday dates back to the Aztecs, but was mixed in with the Christian holiday, Allhallowtide, to create present-day Day of the Dead

The first thing you need to know about #DayOfTheDead — It is not “Mexican Halloween” 🌺💀🌺 Find out what it’s really all about! 🕯 #DiaDeMuertos

Let’s just say that calling Día de Muertos “Mexican Halloween” is wrong on so many levels; and I hope these are all blatantly obvious to you.

Day of the Dead is, however, one of the most important holiday celebrations in Oaxaca, and in much of South/Central Mexico. Though it’s called “Day” of the Dead, the holiday really takes place over three days, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 & Nov. 2.

The holiday’s origins date back to Aztec celebration of the goddess Mictecacihuatl, their Queen of the Underworld. Much like the current incarnation of Day of the Dead, the Aztec festival was a celebratory affair.

After Mexican colonization by the Spanish, who brought with them Christianity, the festival was moved from early-summer to fall. It’s new dates coincided with what Christians called Allhallowtide, another multi-day holiday commemorating the deceased.

Allhallowtide took place on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 & Nov. 2. The first day, Oct. 31 was known as All Saints’ Eve; Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day; and Nov. 2, All Souls’ Day.

Day of the Dead Festival Dates & Celebrations

Though it’s called “Day” of the Dead, this holiday really takes place over three days. They are the same days each year: Oct. 31, Nov. 1 & Nov. 2.

October 31

During present-day Day of the Dead, many Mexican families observe Oct. 31, All Saints’ Eve, by building elaborate ofrendas (altars) to their deceased loved ones & decorating their gravestone.

As this is the eve of the souls returning, the preparations are made for their arrival tomorrow.

What to expect: People visit the town’s cemeteries to decorate their loved ones’ graves & gravestones.

November 1

Formerly known only as All Saints’ Day, it’s now also called Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents).

Some also refer to it as Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels), because this day honors and celebrates the children who have passed on.

The spirits of the inocentes (little children/innocents) returned the night before, at midnight.

What to expect: More celebrations in cemeteries, as well as comparsas (parades), ofrendas (altars) in the streets and other festivities.

November 2

Formerly known as All Souls’ Day, the actual Day of the Dead, is celebrated now Nov. 2.

On this day, families and loved one celebrate the adults in their life who no longer walk the Earth with us. The spirits of all adults returned the night before, at midnight.

What to expect: More celebrations in cemeteries, as well as comparsas (parades), ofrendas (altars) in the streets and other festivities.

Staying in Oaxaca Before/After Day of the Dead

Arriving before/Staying after Day of the Dead?

Check out my blog with all of Oaxaca City’s best things to do, places & foods to eat, UNESCO & historic sites (Monte Alban & Mitla), the amazing natural wonders (Hierve el Agua & El Tule)… and more!

Puerto Escondido & Oaxaca’s beaches

There’s even information about visiting the beaches of Oaxaca — Puerto Escondido, Huatulco, Mazunte, Lagunas de Chacahua, San Agustinillo, Zipolite… and more!

You’ll want all the info in that blog about how to travel between Oaxaca City & the coast of Oaxaca (trust me!).

What happens during Day of the Dead?


✔️ Visit the cemeteries just outside of Oaxaca City 
✔️ Join in a comparsa (parade)
✔️ Try some pan de muerto (bread of the dead)

For a few days in late-Oct./early-Nov., many Mexicans believe the veil to the spirit world is lifted, and our departed family members return Earth-side to visit us.⁠

When they return, we all celebrate with them! By all, I mean the entire city of Oaxaca becomes one giant party during Day of the Dead!

When I partook in Day of the Dead, I got the sense that locals happily welcome (respectful) visitors.

The point of the holiday is to fondly remember your departed loved ones, so photos of altars, gravestones & elaborately-decorated cemeteries were welcomed as well (done respectfully, of course).

Rather than a somber funerary event, Dia de Muertos is a celebration — one so grand that even the deceased return to celebrate with.⁠

For Oaxacans, the party philosophy is clearly: The more the merrier!

As this is a very cultural celebration, booking an Airbnb Experience with a Oaxaca City local is the way to go!

However, even on days you don’t have a tour booked, you can just walk around downtown Oaxaca City and take in the visual magic that is Day of the Dead.

Below are a few Airbnb Experiences I recommend.

PRO TIP: Do not hesitate on booking these. They will all sell out months in advance of Day of the Dead. Trust me!

I met many a sad traveler when I attended Day of the Dead who couldn’t book a single tour as they had all sold out!

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What are the Traditions & Symbolism of Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead Cemeteries

Oct. 31 is the date many families will begin to decorate gravestones in the cemetery. If you can swing it, try to be in Oaxaca City to see this, especially if you’re into travel photography.

The biggest of Oaxaca City’s cemetery celebrations takes place at the Panteón General, also called the San Miguel Cemetery. 

If you’re venturing outside of Oaxaca City, head to the nearby towns of Xoxocotlan and San Agustín Etla to see their cemeteries.

In Xoxocotlan, the main cemeteries are the Panteón Viejo and Panteón Nuevo, and in San Agustín Etla, visit the Panteón San Agustín Etla.



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Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

One of the icons of Dia de Muertos is the sugar skull. Ironically, these don’t not totally have Mexican (or even pre-Hispanic) roots.

Italian Catholic missionaries brought sugar art to Mexico in the 1600s. Mexico, a country abundant in sugar, became a natural place for these molded sugar figures to take root and form their own traditions.

The sugar skulls seen during Día de Muertos represent a departed person. The person’s name is written on the forehead of the skull, and they are then placed on the ofrenda (altar) or gravestone for that person’s returning spirit.

Day of the Dead Marigold Flowers

The marigold flower, cempasuchil, has been a part of this celebration dating back to its Aztec origins. Throughout Mexico, they are even commonly referred to as flor de la muerto (flower of the dead).

According to Aztecs beliefs, the flower’s bright color and strong scent let the spirits know exactly where they should return.

Marigolf flowers

Day of the Dead’s La Catrina

The Skeletal Woman

Besides Frida Kahlo, La Catrina might be the woman most commonly associated with Mexico! 

This famous skulled woman, who everyone paints their faces to look like, was born in 1910 when Mexican printmaker/illustrator José Guadalupe Posada first penned her!

He named this figure, La Calavera Garbancera (The Elegant Skull).

La Catrina’s transition into the official grand dame of Day of the Dead came after Mexican painter Diego Rivera (AKA Frida’s husband) painted her full-bodied, and in the dead center (💀pun intended), of one of his paintings.

In Rivera’s 50-foot-long painting, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday afternoon in the Alameda Central), he brings to life the skeletal woman we now know as La Catrina.

Diego Rivera’s painting, with La Catrina in the center. | Photo courtesy of WikiMedia

Day of the Dead Parades (Comparsas)

You’ll hear a comparsa (parade) long before you see it coming. This is great because it gives you time to find it & join in!

Multi-instrument groups of costumed musicians join together to play festive Zapotec (Oaxaca’s native people) music in the streets and lead processions throughout Oaxaca City.

Many comparsas are either coming from, or headed to a cemetery.

Day of the Dead Altars (Ofrendas)

Just walking the streets & alleyways of downtown Oaxaca City, you’ll see hundreds of ofrendas (altars).

They are all decorated with marigold flowers, candles, copal incense, papel picado (the colorful paper flags) photos of their loved ones and whatever food & drink they would want to consume on their arrival.

Day of the Dead Sand Tapestries

In front of some ofrendas throughout Oaxaca City, you’ll find colorful & intricate tapetes de arena (sand tapestries). If you’re very lucky, you’ll even see some being made by the artists themselves!

For many, the tradition of sand art plays into the deeper meaning of Day of the Dead… that all things die & we should celebrate that fact of life.

With sand art, either the wind will carry it away, or the artists or community members will eventually sweep it away when the holiday ends.

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)

Pan de muerto is a type of bread roll that’s only made from (about) Sept. to mid.-Nov. for Day of the Dead. In Oaxaca, unlike the rest of Mexico, there is a small candy face placed in the center to represent a departed soul.

In most other parts of Mexico, the dough of the pan de muerto forms an X shape on the top of the roll, and it’s topped with sugar.

How do I travel to Oaxaca City?


✔️ Fly into OAX, then take a taxi or colectivo (shared shuttle) to your accommodations
✔️ There’s no Uber in Oaxaca, so stay in/near Centro (Downtown) for ease of walkability

Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) has direct flights from several U.S. cities, including Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, LA & Chicago.

If you’re already in Mexico, you can fly in from major cities including Tijuana, Mexico City, Guadalajara & Monterrey.

Mexico City is located about 7-8 hours by bus from Oaxaca City, so there’s this option as well. If you’re. looking into the buses, check for luxury class tickets through Mexico’s largest bus company, ADO.

However, keep in mind that domestic flight travel within Mexico is quick, convenient, and relatively inexpensive. 

For example, this bus trip costs about $35 (on average), and can take 8 hours. However, you can often find plane tickets for as little as $55, and flights are only about 90 minutes. My $0.02: Fly!

Oaxaca state is located in south-central Mexico; and Oaxaca City is about 750 miles (1,200 km) southeast of Mexico City.

If you’re flying into OAX, you’ll next take a short 25-minute taxi or colectivo (shared shuttle) ride into Oaxaca City.

Sadly, there’s no Uber in Oaxaca, but the other methods aren’t expensive.

The colectivo should cost about $2-3 per person, and a private taxi should run you no more than $10-15. You’ll easily find both options at OAX airport.

I have found it just as economical, and much more convenient, not to rent a car in Oaxaca City. If you’re electing to do so, just make sure your lodging has parking available.

Is Oaxaca City Safe for Solo Travel?

Oaxaca is generally considered one of the safest states in Mexico. It’s capital city almost feels like a small town instead of an actual city.

Taking the same general travel precautions and measures you’d take in most travel destinations will suffice for safe solo female in Mexico. Below are a few general safety tips I followed in Oaxaca City — and everywhere else I’ve been!

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CHECK OUT EPISODE #3 | My take on solo female travel safety in Mexico

General Female Travel Safety Tips

  1. Use a cross body bag instead of a shoulder bag, and keep it at your side or on your chest, instead of on your back.
  2. Don’t put your phone in your back pocket!
  3. Take your purse or book bag into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a café/bar neighbor to watch it. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
  4. Don’t pull your phone out in a giant crowd and/or if the vibe feels sketchy. Remember, your intuition is always right!
  5. If the vibe feels sketchy, duck into a cafe, buy a water, and wait a bit until you feel better about your surroundings.
  6. Not wearing flashy clothes or jewelry (Side Note: Mexicans are relatively modest dressers).
  7. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
  8. Double check to make sure you have your “PKW” (or, Phone, Keys, Wallet) whenever you’re leaving one place to go to the next… I borrowed PKW from an episode of Broad City! I miss that show.

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Planning to also visit Puerto Escondido & Oaxaca’s beaches?

You’ll want all the info in my Traveling to Oaxaca? Here’s Everything You Need to Know blog about how to travel between Oaxaca City & the coast of Oaxaca!

Trust me on this:

Though there’s only about 100 miles (160km) of physical between Oaxaca City and the beaches of Oaxaca, this journey is not as quick — or as simple — as you’d think.

Where Do I Stay in Oaxaca City During Day of the Dead?


✔️ Day of the Dead is loud. You’ll want to pack your earplugs, regardless of where you’re staying. 
✔️ Centro/Downtown/Zocalo: For ease of walkability
✔️ Jalatlaco: It’s colorful & hip, just outside of Centro
✔️ Xochimilco: Historic & more affordable, about 15 minutes walk from Centro

Full disclosure: I’m an avid Airbnb traveler.

I traveled solo throughout Mexico for several years, and only stayed in Airbnbs. With said years of experience under my belt, I’m really good at combing through reviews, and figuring out the best Airbnb option.

I’m breaking down my neighborhood recommendations below, but here are a bunch of accommodation options I have carefully curated after thorough research!

On this list you’ll find only the best rated places, in the best areas of Oaxaca City, offered through Superhosts, Airbnb’s vetted and proven hosts.

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Understanding Oaxaca City’s neighborhoods

In general, Oaxaca City’s downtown isn’t very big — and is quite safe.

For ease and convenience, I’d strongly recommend staying in/around Centro (Downtown), as close to the Zocalo as possible. Staying in/around Centro gives the convenience and ease of walkability.

Remember: There’s no Uber service in Oaxaca!

It’s generally easy to hail a cab, but remember that Day of the Dead is the busiest time in Oaxaca City, which makes getting a cab harder.


I stayed in that ⬆️ adorable rooftop apartment when I visited Oaxaca City for Day of the Dead. It’s located a few blocks from Centro (Downtown), in my now-favorite Jalatlaco neighborhood!

Jalatlaco (pronounced ha-lat-lack-oh) is very safe, with amazing restaurants, cool street art, and colorful buildings.

Centro (Downtown)

Staying in most city’s downtown areas means convenience. Oaxaca City’s Centro Historico is no different.

Booking your accommodation in Centro means you’re near all the Day of the Dead action.

You also likely won’t have to spend additional money on taxis, you’re close to plenty of food and drink options, plenty of things to see and do, and more.

woman walking in downtown oaxaca
Centro Historico | Downtown Oaxaca


My last neighborhood recommendation is Xochimilco, Oaxaca City’s oldest, most historic neighborhood!

Xochimilco (pronounced so-chee-mil-koh) is located just north of Centro (Downtown), at about a 15-minute walk.

It still offers that old school colonial city look & feel, but you’ll be further away from the noisy celebrations.

Have any Day of the Dead in Oaxaca travel tips?

Please let me know what they are in the comments down below.

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  1. Erin

    These photos are amazing!! I haven’t been to Mexico in about 3 years and after reading through your post I’m itching to go back. I actually won a free trip and haven’t used it yet, believe it or not. (Not to Oaxaca, but still…I need to start shopping for plane tickets soon.) Also…I would’ve never guessed sugar skulls didn’t originate in Mexico!

    • Shelley

      Hi Erin: I hope you use that free trip!!!

  2. Vanessa Shields

    What an excellent post! So many great tips especially about booking a place to stay and how to find a tour. I’ve always wanted to attend Day of the Dead. Maybe next year!

    • Shelley

      Hi Vanessa: Thanks for checking out the blog! You’re going to love Day of the Dead, but do try start your 2021 planning as soon as possible.

  3. Marika

    Great rad! I planned on visiting Day of the Dead this year, but obviously that isn’t happening. I will definitely have to save this for next year, This was super helpful!

  4. Patri

    One of my bucket list trips is to go to Mexico for Dia de Muertos, thanks for sharing!

  5. kmf

    Beautiful captures and such a comprehensive guide for traveling to Oaxaca and about the Day of the Dead celebration. I’ve traveled to Mexico 27x in the past 30 years and I’ve yet to visit this area and on this holiday. Once it’s safe to travel again, I will definitely make that happen!

  6. Sarah

    This is something I would LOVE to experience one day. There is something so beautiful about celebrating one’s life in such a grand way. Side note: The movie Coco made me bawl my eyes out. We can certainly learn a thing or two on the way we view death!

  7. Lana

    This is such an incredible in-depth post Shelley!! Day of the dead is on my bucket-list and i’m so excited even more now to visit Oaxaca!! I’ve never been to Mexico, but can’t wait to go! I cannot believe you need to book accommodation up to NINE months in advance, that’s insane! Such great tips!!! Also had no idea Air bnb experiences were a thing, defo checking that out!

    • Shelley

      Lana: Thank you for taking the time to comment ❤️ Yes, you really do have to book pretty far out for Day of the Dead! I’m now use to most people being shocked when I tell them that. Oaxaca is a pretty small town, so rooms fill up fast… especially the good ones.

  8. Nina Clapperton

    This is such a helpful guide! I never would have guessed that you have to book so far in advance or that most tours are in person bookings. Good to know for the future!

    • Shelley

      Hi Nina: Thanks for checking out the blog! Yes, Oaxaca City operates like a small town… the tour groups are always capped at small numbers and there’s really just only so many hotels/airbnbs/hostels to go around.

  9. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I want to go to Oaxaca *so badly*!!! All your gorgeous photos just underscore my wanderlust. Thank you for sharing such in-depth details about this amazing region and the holiday.

    • Shelley

      Hi Catherine: Thank you for that nice comment! I hope you make it to Oaxaca soon. It was quite “hyped” as a travel destination, but I think it really did live up to that hype.

  10. Patti

    I absolutely LOOOOOOVE Dias de los Muertos. Especially with living in Los Angeles, CA, it’s very celebrated here as well.

    • Shelley

      Patti: It’s the best time in Mexico! I’m sure LA does a great celebration as well.

  11. Sarah Arnstein

    I remember always celebrating the Day of the Dead in Spanish Class growing up, but it would be SO COOL to celebrate in Mexico! These photos are beautiful.

    • Shelley

      Hi Sarah: Thanks for writing. I bet celebrating Dia de Muertos as a kid was just magical! I hope you can experience it in Mx one day.

  12. Rahma Khan

    I have read and heard so much about Day of the Dead that I really want to experience it now! Also, so happy to find a Mexico travel blog.. I’m planning a South America trip for next year so I am going to come back to this blog again! Thanks

    • Shelley

      Rahma: Thanks for writing!! I hope you get to experience Día de Muetros during your big South America trip.

  13. galatiacy

    girl, im SOLD! Incredible photos, awesome in-depth content too – and your love for the region shines through! I nearly visited in 2018 too, but was persuaded to switch to Belize for safety reasons – the fact you traveled 2years solo is ALLLL the proof i need that you can travel safely in Mexico too! Now patiently waiting for flights to reopen….

    • Shelley

      Hi there 💚 I’m happy to help you change your mind about Mexico! I’m not going to say it’s totally safe, as nowhere on earth is!!, but Mexico has been a very safe country for me. Hopefully this blog will be useful for you on your Mx trip.

  14. Taylor

    Been wanting to visit! I hear great things about Oaxacan food!

    • Shelley

      Hi Taylor: You’ve heard RIGHT!! Oaxaca is one of the foodie capitals of Mexico 🇲🇽 and you’re going to love eating there.

  15. Shelbs

    Reading your post reminds me of Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

    • Shelley

      Hi Shelbs: I have been to both Day of the Dead (in 2 cities in Mexico) and Mardi Gras (a few times, New Orleans is my favorite U.S. city)…. and you’re right, there’s definitely some overlap.

  16. Falke

    Going to Mexico for Dia de Muertos is def on my bucket list!! This seems like such a cool experience! And I love your photos!!

    • Shelley

      Hi Falke: You’re going to have such an amazing time! Day of the Dead is the best time to be in Mexico.

  17. Ildiko

    Very interesting post. I new a little about the Day Of the Dead from the Hispanic congregation that attended my church, but I never expected it to be so elaborate. Wow! What a celebration. I was fascinated to learn the specifics regarding how each of the three days is celebrated. You have many great recommendations for places to stay and how to arrange a tour. Nice post!!

  18. Melissa

    Very interesting! The Day of the Dead has always fascinated me since learning about it in high school. I would love to be able to visit Mexico while it is going on. The sugar skulls are fascinating and I would love to see the Sand Tapestries. It would be so cool to be able to see them being made. Thanks for sharing, very interesting post!

  19. Rachael Brown

    This is one of my favourite holidays, I really love the meaning behind too. There is so much more to day of the dead than just the makeup etc. I hope to experience it in Mexico one day!

    • Shelley

      Rachael: Thanks for writing! You are totally correct, the history of this holiday is quite interesting… sooo much more than just make-up. In fact, the make-up part is only about 50 years old, while the holiday is hundreds of years old & dates back to the Aztecs (who didn’t wear make-up during Day of the Dead).


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