Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008 the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.[1]

It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. It was moved to October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with theRoman Catholic triduum festival of Allhallowtide: All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.[2][3] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztecfestival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead. It happens to be a holiday that has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation’s schools, but there are families who are more inclined to celebrate a traditional “All Saints Day” associated with the Catholic Church.

Festival Program

Verbena Popular y Exposición de Altares

From 3:00pm to 9:00 pm Oct 27 – Oct 31 over the streets Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Abasola, Aldama, Corona & Galeana.

1st. of Nov. in Parque Lázaro Cardenas

7:00 pm Exposición y muestra gastronómica pan de muerto y antojitos mexicanos

8:00 pm Exposición de Altares de Muertos

8:30 pm Trimariachi

9:30 pm Ballet Xiutla

2nd of Nov. in Belice & San Salvador streets Col. 5 de diciembre

5pm Caravana ¡Viva la Muerte! Hacia el Mercado Muncipal Río Cuale

Col. Centro

7:00 pm Recibimiento de los integrantes de la caravana Calle Agustín Rodríguez y Matamoros

7:20 pm Intervención de cantante ranchero

7:40 pm Juegos y concursos

7:55 pm Premiación a los visitantes de los altares de muertos en Hoteles

8:15 pm Intervención de charros Floreo de Reata

8:30 pm Premiación de concurso de catrinas

9:00 pm Caballo Bailador asociación de charros

9:15 pm Ballet Xiutla

9:45 pm Fuegos Pirotécnicos