Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration deeply rooted in Mexican culture, and nowhere is it more vibrant and moving than in Oaxaca. Here, the festivities have a unique beauty, a mix of indigenous and Catholic traditions that is manifested in colorful altars, sugar skulls and the creation of flower mats, candles, foods, and much more.

Discover in this brief itinerary what you could do during the Day of the Dead celebration in Oaxaca:

Day 1: Preparation on October 29

Visit the Markets: Start your trip by exploring the markets of Oaxaca to buy the cempasuchil flowers, candles, fruits and bread of the dead that you will need for your ofrenda and altar.

Sugar Skull Workshop: Participate in a workshop to learn how to make sugar skulls. This activity is both fun and educational.

Day 2: Creation of the Altar October 30

Build your Ofrenda: Gather family and friends to build an altar for the dead in your accommodation. Layer the offerings, with photos of loved ones, candles, incense, and personal items

Day 3: Night of the Faithful Dead November 1

Visit the Pantheons: On the night of November 1, visit a local pantheon. In Oaxaca, the most famous is the Xoxocotlán cemetery. There, you will find tombs lit with candles, music and food. It is a moving and respectful experience.

Day 4: Offerings and Public Altars

Public Offerings Tour: Explore the streets of Oaxaca to discover the altars and public offerings that local residents have prepared. Each one has its own style and meaning.

Bread and Chocolate Fair: Try the delicious breads of the dead and hot chocolate in the Zócalo. It is a delicious culinary tradition.

Day 5: Callejoneada and Dances

Callejoneada: Join a callejoneada, a nighttime walk through the narrow streets of Oaxaca. Here you will hear local legends and observe cultural performances.

Dances of the Feather: Attend the Dances of the Feather in the atrium of the Basilica de la Soledad. This traditional dance tells the history of Oaxaca and is an unforgettable spectacle.

Day 6: Oaxacan Gastronomy

Dinner at a Night Market: Try typical Oaxacan food at one of the night markets. The mole, tlayudas and tamales are not to be missed.

Day 7: Farewell and Reflection

Last Look at the Altars: Take one last tour to see the altars and offerings before dismantling yours. It is a time to reflect on the importance of life and death in Oaxacan culture.

Oaxaca on the Day of the Dead is a once in a lifetime experience. Traditions, food, music and people come together to create an environment full of meaning and beauty. This itinerary will take you on a complete journey through this moving and unique holiday. Enjoy your trip!

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