We were told by several people that Mixquic was the place to go in México City for Día de los Muertos, so we decided to trek out to it. If you can believe this, we took a metro all the way to the end of the line, then hopped on a bus for about an hour, only to be dropped off in order to pick up ANOTHER bus to finally get us to Mixquic! And this entire trip was still within México City. This city is monstrous!
Mixquic is a very small area toward the outskirts of the city. It was a really nice bus ride there because as we went farther out, we started seeing more trees and grass and less buildings. By the time we got to Mixquic, there was a beautiful view of the mountains. When we got dropped off by the bus, we immediately saw that they were already prepared for the day.
We walked around first, checking out the vendors on the street and ended up in a building outfitted with many decorations.
The big traditional event that people travel to see for Día de los Muertos in Mixquic is the decorating of the graves. Many people spend November 2nd in the town graveyard, decorating the graves of loved ones. By the time we reached the graveyard/church area around noon, there were already lines of people going in, carrying armfuls of flowers, candles, and incense.
After visiting the graveyard, we also went through the very lovely and extremely old church.
There were several events going on throughout the day but when it got dark, everyone headed for the graveyard. I can’t even describe how beautiful it was and these pictures certainly don’t do it justice. It was crazy trying to walk through the very narrow space of ground between graves so that we could see everything. There were thousands of people there, quite literally! It was kind of surreal because as we were walking around, enjoying this beautiful and long-time tradition, TV cameras were on the roof of the church capturing the event and vendors were walking through the graveyard selling food! Though many of the thousands of people there were just visitors, many people were also family members sitting by the graves in memory of their loved ones.
Though there are many different types of celebrations for Día de los Muertos, we really loved Mixquic and would love to go back for their celebration sometime!