Mexico City is getting into the swing of things for the Day of the Dead. On Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, Mexico City will celebrate this annual holiday showcasing colorful altars and offerings, as well as festive events throughout the city to honor deceased friends and relatives.
From haunted boat rides in Xochimilco to experience the legend of La Llorona to visiting the dead altars at Mixquic, or a look at the light show at Coyoacan, visitors can immerse themselves in a Mexican tradition.
Day of the Dead was created to pay tribute to Mictecacihuatl, or Lady of the Dead. Today this holiday is the most celebrated in the country when people come together to remember their friends and relatives who have passed away. Families also visit the graves of the deceased, decorating their tombs with altars and bringing their favorite foods and drinks for them.
Travelers in Mexico City this weekend will find numerous options to experience this tradition including:
A trip to Xochimilco, an area in the south of Mexico City, known for its network of canals. Through November 24, visitors can enjoy a ride aboard one of the trainers, which are colorful gondola-like boats, to see a performance about the legend of La Llorona, or "the crying mother."
A visit to neighborhood of Mixquic, where people showcase at the graveyards their original offerings.
This year, the Dolores Olmedo Museum will showcase Paris-themed Day of the Dead decor and activities. The showcase will be open through December 29.
For those seeking a unique gastronomic experience, Dulceria de Celaya, one of the oldest candy stores in the city, is a must-visit. With two locations in the city, the stores offer delicious candy creations such as almond marzipans and clay crafts resembling bones.
Coyoacan, a neighborhood in the southern area of Mexico City, is another fantastic option to explore. Day of the Dead displays can be seen all over the neighborhood, including a light-show projected over San Juan Bautista Church.