Art of Rembrance Vacation
Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos
October 30- November 4 2018
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the most time-honored holiday of Oaxaca. It is an example of the harmonious relationship between Christianity and the Pre-Hispanic traditions found in the state of Oaxaca.
Although Día de los Muertos is recognized all over Mexico, Oaxaca has become known for its ornately rich celebrations that honor the return of their deceased loved ones on November 1 & 2.
The elaborate initiation of “Plaza de los Muertos” takes place in various markets around the city. In each market one may find all of the necessary items to prepare for the arrival of the dead: sweet-smelling cempasuchil (marigolds), candles, chocolate, sugar skulls, and the ingredients for making the traditional dishes of Día de los Muertos, such as, mole negro (black mole), pan de yema, and tamales. Other items can include the delicious nicuatole (corn jelly), pumpkin with black sugar, sugarcane, tejocotes (small wild apples), pan de muerto (bread of the dead), cooked chayote, and an endless medley of regional fruit (oranges, limes, bananas, jicamas, wild apples, nuts, peanuts, medlar, pineapples). After spending the day in the market gathering and buying everything families head home, prepared to build the altar.
It is believed that the dead, after their long pilgrimage from the other life, arrive on earth tired and thirsty, thus the altars are constructed as a place for them to visit loved ones, feast on their favorite foods and listen to their favorite music. Oaxacan altars are most commonly built during the last days of October in the homes of the Oaxacan people.
You will find that there is much to see and do in the city of Oaxaca and in the outlying villages. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to experience the altars and comparsas with us.