Oaxaca Day of the Dead

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Travel Journal 2012-2013

Catrina Xoxocotlán Dia de los MuertosI’ve been fortunate to have experienced Oaxaca during the high season of Día de los Muertos. Throughout the year, Oaxaca radiates extraordinary vibes of discovery for visitors. There are lots of cultural and Muertos related activities—weeks prior, leading up to the eve of observance. This Day of the Dead photo journal is edited down—focused on celebrations within Oaxaca City and adjacent communities during Day of the Dead of 2012 & 2013. It was hard not to include photos from the weeks before and after Muertos events.

Ciudad de Oaxaca and nearby communities observe Day of the Dead beginning October 31 – November 2: The monumental celebration for the community of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán is evident on October 31. Revolving tour buses filled with curious tourists flood this small community on the evening of the 31st. Some of the most stunning, authentic and adoring public alters are produced inside antique cemeteries within Oaxaca. November 1st is the popular, grand fiesta in Oaxaca City. Its Panteón General is crammed with residents and onlookers—gawking at the dazzling candlelit niches, altars and adorned graves. The cemetery’s perimeter is transformed into a festival—decked with food, flower and memorabilia vendors surrounded by galleries of games and carnival rides. The final community cemetery observance is always poignant inside of the cemetery at San Felipe del Agua. On the evening of November 2, the celebrations are winding down and this final cemetery visit is a sincere, dimming tribute to this astounding anniversary for the dead.

The sites included are: Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de la Danza at Soledad Church, Calle Alcalá and Panteón General in Oaxaca City, San Felipe del Agua cemetery, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán and the Panteón Antigua Xoxocotlán. Amazing artistas callejeros (street performers), tapetes, and altars—including families making their preparations, both solemn and celebratory.

I’ve also included a short film we made during our 2012 visit.

4 comments to “Oaxaca Day of the Dead”

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  1. I just wanna congradulate you on this Day of the Dead film, I now watch it every year, I’m a native from the town of Tlacolula and this has really touched me as my family members that have passed are resting in the Cemetery of Tlacolula.

    Thank you very much for such amazing work.

    God Bless,
    Eric

    • Eric,
      Thank you for your comment. We loved making this short film, and we are very flattered for your appreciation. Your family are peacefully resting in such a special and beautiful cemetery. We think the world of Tlacolula! We have been fortunate to have a great friend—also from the community who invites us to experience her beautiful family and home. We always look forward with anticipation when traveling down to visit Oaxaca.

      I also admire your work with Zapotrek.com and would love to utilize your services on my next visit. My goal is to experience more of the environmental, natural energy of Oaxaca.

      Warm regards,
      Edwin

  2. Hi!
    How you planned your trip to Oaxaca?
    I am going there that day of the dead however I’m feeling lost to planning my trip.
    thanks

    • I apologize for such a late response to you Kelly. I hope you were able to travel to Oaxaca in 2016. If you were unable and would still like my recommendations for helping to plan your trip in 2017, please contact me via email (using my contact in the footer) and we can correspond via email.

      -Edwin

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