Dia de los Muertos

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by Kimberly Wise

A long celebrated tradition in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors the departed and celebrates death as a natural part of the human experience. Families welcome the spirits of their loved ones with food, festivities, decorations, and gravestone vigils.

Girls dressed in Day of The Dead costumes and make posing

Traditional Day of The Dead costumes

Mexican culture has long believed that the dead are awakened during this time to celebrate with those still on Earth. Altars are built at burial sites and are decorated with photos, flowers, skeletons, and foods. You can partake in Dia de los Muertos celebrations at various Apple Vacations destinations:

Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya holds a “Festival of Life and Death” from October 30-November 2. Activities include concerts, parades, special tours, and theater and dance performances.

Puerto Vallarta celebrates from October 28-November 2 with special exhibits at art galleries, special menus at restaurants, decorated boats, face painting, and a religious mass. Be sure to visit the City Square at the Presidencia on November 1 & 2 to view the entrants of an altar competition.

Traditional mexican Day of the dead altar with sugar skulls and candles

Traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar with sugar skulls and candles

The main square in Zihuatanejo is lit up by candlelight the night of November 1. The yearly tradition includes traditional food, colorful calaveras (skulls), and families paying tribute those lost at beautifully decorated altars.

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