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Day of the Dead.

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The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos in Spanish, is a vibrant and culturally significant holiday in Mexico. It is a time when families and communities come together to honor and remember their deceased loved ones. ⇒ Top 10 things to know about the Day of the Dead (nationalgeographic.com)

Here is some information about the Day of the Dead in Mexico:

The Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, corresponding to All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the Catholic calendar. However, the festivities often start on the evening of October 31st and continue until November 2nd.

The Day of the Dead has deep roots in indigenous Mexican culture, particularly with the Aztec civilization. It is a fusion of ancient Mesoamerican beliefs and Catholic traditions brought by the Spanish conquistadors.

Calaveras, which means “skulls” in Spanish, are an iconic symbol of the Day of the Dead. They come in various forms, including sugar skulls (calaveras de azúcar), chocolate skulls, and artistic representations. Catrinas, elegant skeletal figures dressed in elaborate clothing, have also become a prominent symbol of the holiday.

Marigold Pathways: In some regions, paths of marigold petals are created to guide the spirits from cemeteries to the homes where their families are waiting for them. The vibrant orange and yellow colors of the marigolds are believed to attract and guide the spirits.

Traditional Foods: Special foods and drinks are prepared for the Day of the Dead. Pan de Muerto, a sweet bread shaped like a skull or bones, is a traditional treat. Other typical dishes include tamales, mole, and sugar or chocolate skulls. Families also prepare the favorite dishes of their departed loved ones as offerings.

Celebrations and Parades: In many cities and towns across Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated with colorful parades, processions, and festive events. Oaxaca, in particular, is known for its elaborate celebrations, including vibrant street parades, traditional dances, and elaborate sand tapestries called tapetes.

Art and Crafts: The Day of the Dead inspires a wide range of artistic expressions. Intricate sugar skulls, papel picado (colorful cut-out paper banners), and handcrafted skeletal figurines are common handicrafts associated with the holiday. These crafts are often displayed in homes, markets, and streets during the festivities.

Cultural Significance: The Day of the Dead is a celebration of life and death, a way to remember and honor departed loved ones while embracing the cyclical nature of existence. It is a time for families to come together, share stories, and keep the memories of their ancestors alive.

 

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Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Autobuses México – A comprehensive website with information about long-distance bus services in Mexico, including routes, schedules, and ticket booking.

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting Around (thecity.mx)

BUS: mexicoautobuses.com • ClickBus. If traveling by bus, be sure to take the express (first class) buses (directo, sin escalas, primera clase), if available ⇒ ADO, Primera Plus, and ETN.

TRAIN: Amtrak (San Diego, Yuma, Del Rio и El Paso). The only available passenger train is the Chihuahua al Pacific Railway (CHEPE) operated by Ferromex between Los Mochis and the city of Chihuahua, through the Copper Canyon.

AIRPORT: aeropuertosgap.com.mx – operates 12 airports in the Pacific region of Mexico.

FERRY: Baja Ferries – Provides ferry services between Baja California and the mainland (La Paz ⇔ Topolobampo). Ultramar – Offers ferry services to popular destinations like Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. Ferries Mexico – Offers information on ferry services in Mexico, including routes, schedules, and fares.

A Celebration of Life: El Dia de los Muertos.

Beneath our differences, we are all the same — or as famed Mexican printmaker and creator of the symbolic La Catrina, José Guadalupe Posada, once said, “Todos somos calaveras” — “we are all skeletons.”

Join Beautiful Destinations creators Cory Martin and Arman Mitchell as they explore the city of Oaxaca, Mexico during Dia de los Muertos, a three-day celebration dedicated to remembering the lives of those who’ve passed and to support them on their spiritual journey; it’s a time to celebrate life, not mourn the loss of it. Have you celebrated life today?

video source: Beautiful Destinations / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

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VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

A foreign national wishing to enter Mexico must obtain a visa unless they are a citizen of one of the 68 eligible visa-exempt countries.

Chichen Itza.

Chichén Itzá is the largest of the archaeological cities of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.

Day of the Dead.

The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died.

Mexico Desconocido is a popular website that covers various aspects of Mexican culture, including cultural events, traditions, history, and tourism. They feature articles, guides, and news about festivals, exhibitions, concerts, and other cultural happenings throughout the country.

AeroMexico is a major Mexican airline that offers domestic and international flights. Their website allows you to search for flights, manage bookings, and access important travel information.

Rentalcars.com – allows you to compare and book car rentals from various providers in Mexico. It offers a wide selection of vehicles and flexible options to suit your travel needs.

iVisa is an online platform that simplifies the visa application process. It provides information on visa requirements, allows you to apply for certain types of visas online, and offers support throughout the application process.

XE Currency Converter is a reliable tool for checking currency exchange rates. It can help you convert currencies and plan your budget while traveling in Mexico.