Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) in Mexico City
Day of the Dead in Mexico City is an exciting time to visit! Is a fascinating experience and while it’s celebrated differently around the country, you’re sure to get a better understanding of it with a trip to Mexico City. Día de Muertos, is a celebration of the lives of those that have passed. Día de Muertos has been a day of remembrance since before the arrival of the Spanish. In fact, before Spanish colonization, Día de Muertos was celebrated in the summertime.
One of the symbols is The Catrina (La Catrina). If you’ve ever seen pictures of Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, you may be familiar with the image of a female skeleton wearing a big hat. The Catrina represents the “Lady of the Dead,” which was the goddess that the pre-Colombian people worshipped way back when these celebrations first began.
There are a few things that you can do during these few days in Mexico City. The first is to experience the parade. You may have seen in the James Bond film, Spectre, where Bond runs through a Day of the Dead parade at the start of the movie. Up until that movie came out, no parade for this day actually existed in Mexico City.
It’s a pretty cool experience and locals and tourists alike line the sidewalks from the Angel of Independence monument all the way to the Zocalo to catch a glimpse of the brightly colored floats and the beautifully costumed dancers. It’s not terribly authentic, but it’s still a nice parade.
Another thing you can do on Day of the Dead in Mexico City is to head to the Zocalo. The main square is packed with traditional shrines made with the holiday’s signature bright yellow marigolds. There’s a stage where different Mexican bands play everything from Mariachi music to classic Mexican Banda.
Travel on the subway or take an Uber but definitely buy your tickets to the Frida Kahlo museum online. Peruse art and learn more about this renowned Mexican artist’s life. After, head to downtown Coyoacán and taste a traditional nieve or eat a churro. Make sure to stop by the Coyoacán market and pick up handcrafts to take back home.
World’s heritage Patrimonium Xochimilco is a place that you cannot miss! You’ll want to rent a Trajinera and pick up some traditional Mexican snacks to enjoy along the Aztec waterways.
At 5 pm November 2 La Palomilla will host a hands-on class on how to make your own Sugar Skulls for Día de Muertos. A sweet souvenir to honor your stay. Make an offering to our Día de Muertos altar as a way to partake in this ritual.