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DAY OF THE DEAD IN OAXACA

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Día de Muertos is one of the most important celebrations for Oaxaqueños, starting on September everyone goes to different markets in and out the city to buy peppers, cocoa beans, spices, sugar, almonds, nuts, to start preparing for a big week of cooking (The last one of October) when almost everybody prepares the traditional MOLE that normally takes 4 days to make it perfect for our relatives who will come in spirit, from October 31st to November second, to join us for the celebration. Bread, Chocolate, Nicuatole (traditional Prehispanic dessert) Sweet pumpkin, Manzanitas de Tejocote, Small apples in sweet sauce and the famous Tamales. On the 31st in the morning, all families go to the neighborhood market to buy fruits, nuts, peanuts, sugar cane, sweets, flowers, and candles to build the traditional altar.

The spirits of children who die at an early age are the ones who will be expecting to enter first into our homes to smell all the sweets and fruits that we offer them. Little angel spirits leave our homes at noon on the first day of November. The spirits of the adults will enter at noon of November 1st, for them, big plates of Mole are served along with Mezcal, hot chocolate, tamales, sweets and the famous bread of The Dead.

For visitors who come to Oaxaca during Day of the Dead, a trip to traditional markets is essential to see all the items that go into a Day of the Dead altar.

A trip out to one of the villages to visit market day around the time of Day of the Dead is always a very special experience. The Tlacolula market on Sunday, Zaachila market on Thursday and Friday market in Ocotlan is a good choice. The Oaxaca Times tours are highly recommended. Contact the editor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sand tapestries are also traditionally made for Day of the Dead celebrations, but they're also part of Oaxacan mortuary customs. When a person dies, after the burial, a sand tapestry is made in their home. The tapestry depicts a religious image such as a saint that the person who died had a devotion for. For nine nights family members and friends gather to pray and eat dinner in the family home. On day nine a big dinner with tamales, coffee, and hot chocolate is served for family and friends who pray all night, early in the morning the tapestry is swept up and the sand is taken to the cemetery. The sand from the tapestry is poured onto the grave as part of a special ceremony.

After one year the ceremony is repeated with another dinner and a visit to the cemetery, it is called “Cabo de año”. For Day of the Dead, sand tapestries are also made, but these are for visitors to admire them. You will enjoy Oaxaca and our traditions on our holidays!

DAY OF THE DEAD FIELD TRIPS!.

October 26

Cultural Day of the Dead market tour with The Oaxaca Times to Zaachila

From 9 to 2 pm For reservations contact, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 27

Cultural Market of the Dead to Ocotlán, visiting also, Santo Tomás Jalieza (back strap weavers), San Martín Tilcajete Wooden Carved Animals) San Bartolo Coyotepec, (black pottery) Launch included. For reservations contact, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 29

Field Trip to the market of the Dead/Tlacolula, including Teotitlan del Valle, The famous Tule Tree(the Zapotec weavers town) with the staff of Oaxaca Times, from 9 am to 3 pm Launch included.

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November 1

Day of the Dead /The City Cemetery will show the Altars from Different Regions

November 2nd

Visit San Felipe Cemetery from 7 to 10 pm with The Oaxaca Times Staff to conclude with a special dinner in a beautiful XVII Hacienda Los Laureles, $50 USD per person, contact, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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