If you will be in San Miguel de Allende during Día de los Muertos you are in luck, as they host one of the most celebrated Day of the Dead festivals in all of Mexico! Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Día de los Muertos?
Day of the Dead is an Aztec spiritual holiday that is celebrated every year from October 31 to November 2. It is believed that the deceased awake from their eternal resting place and speak with their loved ones giving everyone the chance to reconnect. Alters are built to honor the deceased and families cook all of their loved one’s favorite foods for a celebratory feast. Ornate Mexican cemeteries are always a fun stroll, but there is no better time to visit than while graves and headstones are adorned with marigolds and decorations in honor of Día de los Muertos.
The Most Beautiful Skeletons And Skulls You’ve Ever Seen
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit Mexico, you will always find colorful and elaborate skull and skeleton artwork and dolls. The female dolls are called Catrinas and the male doles are called Catrines. Unlike in many countries, these skulls and skeletons represent life and joy, not death and gloom. In fact, Catrina and Catrines are global collectibles.
Día de los Muertos In San Miguel de Allende
While most towns have at least a few processions for Day of the Dead San Miguel hosts a 5 day La Calaca festival. The main attraction is the annual Catrinas Parade which draws crowds from near and far. It is considered one of the top 5 Día de los Muertos celebrations in all of Mexico. The 2018 parade begins at 8 p.m. with the main attraction being the towering Catrina and Catrine puppets. But it doesn’t stop there. Professional makeup artists are plentiful and can be hired beforehand to paint your face into a beautiful skull, and feel free to get decked out from head to toe as there will be a costume contest.
There are many reasons to visit our city but if you will be in town for Day of the Dead you are in for a real treat!