Día de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2, and the towns surrounding Lake Patzcuaro have some of the most vibrant celebrations in the country. Of these towns, Patzcuaro is the biggest and most visited. Visiting the towns of this area was amazing experience that I won’t soon forget.

October 31, 2019

Though it’s not officially part of Dia de los Muertos, there are a lot of festivities that occur on October 31. I spent the evening visiting different parts of the town of Patzcuaro. There were some fantastic costumes walking the streets, along with tons of food vendors and artisans selling traditional Mexican wares.

November 1, 2019

Tzintzuhntzan is another town that borders Lake Patzcuaro. There was a parade along the main street that led to the cemetary. Dia de los Muertos is a loud and happy celebration. As night fell the candles were lit at the gravesites, which had been decorated with marigolds during the day.

November 2, 2019

The larger towns were incredibly crowded for the festival, so I decided to visit a small town called Arocutin. This is where Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in one of the most traditional fashions. I felt like the only tourist there, and several times the locals offered me tequila. After night fell I stopped in Patzcuaro one more time before calling it a night.

Janitzio

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