In the morning you’ll peruse the eclectic and energetic Day of the Dead tiangus at the Abastos Market. In an open-air bazaar you’ll browse the stalls piled high with Day of the Dead ornaments and decorations including colourful strings of beads, bunches of vibrant marigolds and the iconic illustrated sugar skulls. Watch families buying decorations to adorn their home altars in tribute to their loved ones. The afternoon is yours to wander through Oaxaca, observing the festivities as you please.
In the late evening head off to observe a traditional wake in the village of Xoxocotlán, before being invited by a local family into their home to savour hot chocolate and Day of the Dead decorated bread – pan de muerto. Continue on to the cemetery to take part in the annual celebration, appreciating the unique atmosphere of joyous remembrance mixed with sadness. Join the same local family as they decorate their family grave.
In this festival honouring the spirits at the graveside flowers play an important part. The decorations in the old cemetery include marigolds, candles, and copal incense. An abundance of flowers decorates the graveyard where the people of Xoxocotlán hold a vigil by candlelight at the decorated tombs.