Muertos – Day of the Dead

    To those who are not Mexican, the Days of the Dead activities may sound rather macabre, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact this festival demonstrates the average Mexican’s love and respect for their ancestors and those who have passed on.

    It all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico, who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives – to eat, drink and be merry. The event is held in graveyards across Mexico, allowing people to commune with deceased family members, not in a somber fashion, but with a joyful sense of reunion.

    Deceased children (known as little angels) are remembered on November 1st (All Saints’ Day), while adults are remembered on November 2nd (All Souls’ Day). During the previous week, vendors set up stalls selling sugar candies in the shape of skeletons, skulls, coffins and tombs.

    Families create altars in their homes, with flowers, candles, religious amulets and photographs of the dead. Adult graves are adorned with offerings of the deceased’s favorite possessions, foods, alcohol or cigarettes, and are profusely decorated with colorful flowers, particularly marigolds, which are believed to guide the spirits of loved ones home. Children’s graves have toys placed upon them, and are covered with colorful streamers and balloons.

For a glimpse of the Day of the Dead and our activities for 2015 please continue reading:

Activities of Day of the Dead - 2015

Graveyards are crowded during the event. At 6:00 PM, the bells begin to ring every 30 seconds, summoning the deceased. Entire families may stand vigil throughout the night, ensuring they will be recognized when their dearly departed arrive to partake of the feast offered them. The following day, after the spirits have had their fill, what’s left is consumed as part of an elaborate picnic. There is story telling and laughter as the departed are remembered. Children romp around the tombs, munching on sugar skeletons and skulls, while adults sample pan de los muertos (bread of the dead).  Oaxaca is a special place to visit at any time of year, but being present during this unique festival will leave you with unforgettable memories. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this celebration for the deceased is the infusion of life given to its participants.

Sunday, Oct. 25th

Tour to Tlacolula, the ruins of Lambityeco, Teotitlan & a Mezcal Factory
Time: 10:00 am Price: $50.00 USD per person.
  • Demonstration from start to finish in the complex weaving process using all natural materials.
  • Enjoy the colorful indigenous market abounding with flowers and other colorful items to ready ones home for the day of the dead.
  • The tour will also take you to view the small, but impressive ruins of Lambityeco as well as a tour of a mescal factory
  • Lunch not included. *

Wednesday, Oct. 28th

Mole Negro Cooking Class. Traditional dish for Dia de los Muertos.
Time: 10:00 am Price: $75.00 USD per person.
  • Tour of the market Merced, where you will be shown how to select the correct ingredients for the days meal: Mole Negro (Black sauce)
  • Hands on class for preparing and mixing the ingredients.
  • Four course dinner, which will include Mole Negro and mezcal tasting,
  • Printed recipes in English
  • Lunch included. *

Thursday, Oct. 29th

San Antonino Castillo Velasco, San Martin Tilcajete
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Price: $65.00 USD per person.
  • Round trip transportation in a late model a/c van to the fields where the flowers are grown that will be used to adorn the home altars of the surrounding area. We will able to pick and choose our flowers that we will use in the altar building later that evening. The fields of yellow, gold and red flowers are a magnificent sight.
  • A trip to the nearby village of San Martin Tilcajete where we will visit the home and workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles. You will be given a tour on how they fabricate their elaborately painted carved wooden animals.
  • We will also visit homes in the same area of local artist who hand embroider shirts and dresses.
  • Lunch included.*

Thursday, Oct. 30th

Mole Negro Cooking Class. Traditional dish for Dia de los Muertos.
Time: 10:00 am Price: $75.00 USD per person.
  • Tour of the market Merced, where you will be shown how to select the correct ingredients for the days meal: Mole Negro (Black sauce)
  • Hands on class for preparing and mixing the ingredients.
  • Four course dinner, which will include Mole Negro and mescal tasting,
  • Printed recipes in English
  • Lunch included. *

Construction of the Family Altar.

This activity is Full!
Time: 6:00 am. Meeting Place: Encanto Jalatlaco B&B. Price: $25.00 USD per person.

  • You will assist in the forming of the altar where the placement of carefully selected items will make a pleasant environment for the loved ones who have passed on to return and visit. To personalize each altar photos of the ones who have passed on are placed with items they had enjoyed while on earth. Please feel free to bring photos or mementos of those you loved and place them on the altar along with the others.

Saturday, Oct. 31st

Mole Negro Cooking Class. Traditional dish for Dia de los Muertos.
Time: 10:00 am.
Price: $75.00 USD per person.
Includes:
  • Tour of the market Merced, where you will be shown how to select the correct ingredients for the days meal: Mole Negro (Black sauce).
  • Hands on class for preparing and mixing the ingredients.
  • Four course dinner, which will include Mole Negro and mezcal tasting…

(Please Contact us for reservations. You do not need to be our guest to participate in any of the listed activities. Everyone is invited).

Tour of the Cemetery at Xoxocotlan.
Time: 6:30 PM – @ 10:30 PM.
Price: $55.00 USD per person.
Includes:

  • Everyone meets at our B&B La Casa de Mis Recuerdos.
  • Tour of the cemetery located in Xoxocotlan.
  • Round trip transportation in late model passenger van.
  • Tour of the cemetery with explanations. Bring your camera. This will be a fantastic photo opportunity!
  • Return to a central location around 10:30 P.M.

Tour of the Cemetery at Santa Maria Atzompa.
Time: 11:30 PM – @ 1:30 AM
Price: $50.00 USD per person.
Includes:

  • Tour of the cemetery located at Atzompa.
  • Round trip transportation in late model passenger van.
  • Tour of the cemetery with explanations. Bring your camera. This will be a fantastic photo opportunity!
  • Return to a central location around 1:30 A.M.

Sunday, Nov. 01

Jalatlaco Comparsa & Dinne

(DINNER FULL)
Time: 7:00 PM – @ 11:00 PM Location: Alma de mi Tierra.
Price: $70.00 USD per person.
Includes:

  • Your fun filled evening will start by enjoying a relaxing four course dinner prepared by Nora. Your typical Oaxacan meal will include a soup, appetizer, home-made salsas, refreshments, main course and dessert. Each diner will also have the option of an accompanying wine, beer or Mezcal depending on the dish being prepared for you that evening. After your meal you are invited to observe or participate, in the comparsa in our neighborhood of Jalatlaco. You will be privy to witness the traditions of the local Comparsa (The comparsa is similar to Carnival), where the inhabitants join together and parade, some in costume, others in large paper mache human-like figures, through the streets laughing, singing, drinking and eating, all with the non-stop sound of fireworks. and band music. A perfect time to just have fun, relax and join in on the festivities. The comparsa last all through the night so your dinner will start you off with just the right amount of energy!

Dinner is limited to 12 so reserve early!

Sunday, Nov. 02

Cemetery of San Miguel and San Felipe del Agua
Time: 6:30 PM – @ 9:30 PM
Price: $35.00 USD per person.
Includes:
  • Round trip transportation in late model passenger van.
  • Tour of the small but very colorful cemetery.

In this small town North of the city of Oaxaca local family members will sit by the candle-lit grave sites to accompany the spirits of the loved ones when they return. Bandas rove through the cemetery playing at will or by special request. Food and drink are shared with all. Mezcal is passed around freely amongst family, friends band members and those passing by.

Monday, Nov. 03

Tour of the cemetery at San Antonino Castillo Velasco/Dinner
Time: 3:30 PM – @ 11:00 PM
Price: $75.00 USD per person.
Includes:
  • You will be guided through this magnificent graveyard where not only are the graves decorated to welcome the spirits, but also for the hope of winning the competition of “best decorated grave site”. Many hours of love are poured into adorning the graves and the view is spectacular. Bring your camera. This will be a fantastic photo opportunity!
  • After the cemetery we will partake of a special dinner prepared just for our group in a private home. Your host this evening has a very popular and famous food stall at the market of Octolan. You will be privileged to experience her culinary skills in her own home. 
  • Round trip transportation in late model passenger van.
  • Return to La Casa de Mis Recuerdos around 11:00 p.m.
  • Dinner included. *

Please Contact us for reservations. You do not need to be a guest at our B&B to participate in any of the above activities.

These activities are open to all.

* Alcoholic beverages not included where indicated


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