It happened, the thing I was looking forward to most about being here this year: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! We have spent three out of the last four days exploring different areas of the city and their Día de los Muertos decorations and traditions. For those of you that may be unfamiliar, this holiday is celebrated in México on November 2nd and is a day where families honor their friends and family members that have passed away.
Our first adventure was to Coyoacán, where we of course go fairly often. Though we have never seen the area like this! There were elaborate altars (called ofrendas) in the center square for the occasion.
Another area of the square had several smaller altars, all “game” themed.
On Tuesday, we ventured out to Xochimilco, another part of the city, with Fulbright friend Liz. Xochimilco is the “Venice” of México City, with a network of water canals that you can rent a boat and float down. It was beautiful and very relaxing to just sit on the boat and look at the houses we passed.
After we finished our boat ride, we walked around the center of Xochimilco. There were a lot of decorations being sold by vendors for Día de los Muertos.
Just like in Coyoacán, there were a lot of altars set up in the town centre.
Pt. 2 of Día de los Muertos soon to come! In the meantime, one final photo: our own ofrenda that we did at home.