Day of the Dead CDMX: Tradition and Color

Day of the Dead CDMX: a tradition that warms the soul

Speaking about Day of the Dead is to talk about the colors, the tradition, the flavors and, above all, the nostalgia of reliving this celebration. And there is no better place to celebrate it than Mexico City.

As every year, the Mexican capital is painted orange, black and purple to receive this tradition that warms the soul of Mexicans and foreigners. A tradition that honors the memory of the loved ones who went ahead on the path of life and renews our hope of gathering with them once again to share the most delicious dishes of the Mexican cuisine.

These days, the whole country joins the rhythm of mariachi music to celebrate this beautiful tradition. And, obviously, Mexico City can’t be left behind. In fact, during these days Mexico City has so many activities and shows that, to visit them all, you will need some help. Therefore, in the next lines you can find a small list with the most emblematic events for people like you to enjoy the Mexican folklore, this amazing celebration is renowned for.

Death arrives at the Plaza de la Reforma

The traditional Parade of Day of the Dead will carry throughout the Paseo de la Reforma the colorful folklore of this celebration. Actually, among costumes, dances and many more things, you can enjoy the Day of the Dead to the fullest.

This year, the guests of honor will be the monumental alebrijes who will join the skulls, catrinas and other inhabitants of the underworld to celebrate the mystery of life after death.

The tour will take place on October 30. In it you can admire the impressive floats and the beautiful choreographies accompanied by 100% Mexican live music.  

In this edition, the parade will be divided into 4 segments, each with its own soundtrack:

1. Tenochtitlan Heart of Mexico, a representation of our origins

2. Mexico City Today, a tribute to our current city

3. Magic and Tradition; the perfect balance between life and death

4. Celebrating life; the popular culture of our country.

Without a doubt, an experience that must be lived at least once in our lives.

Death rides a bicycle

Another event that you can not miss is the traditional Night Cycling Walk, which will be held in Paseo de la Reforma. And, If you aren’t in the mood for riding a bike, do not worry. You can still attend to become marveled by the costumes that will adorn this event, held on November 6th .

Tradition to the limit

Now, if you prefer to relive the ancient traditions, you can’t miss the offerings that will be placed in the main place of the city, where you can enjoy the best of the Mexican cuisine and admire the color and imagination of each of the altars presented there.

Skulls invading the Cultural Center

Catrinas are a must on these days. This year they will invade el Centro Nacional de las Artes en Mexico (the National Center of the Arts Mexico), located in Rio Churubusco. The Feria de las Calacas (The Carnival of Skulls), which will be held on October 30, was created to highlight this Mexican tradition with various activities. There you can enjoy workshops, dance, music, theater, literature, poetry, and plastic arts among other activities.

As you may have noticed, if you have children, this carnival is the right place for them to learn and enjoy this great celebration.

We remind you that the activities are free, but you must arrive early, since the space is limited.

The Death comes out to play in Coyoacan

One of the most colorful points in the city to celebrate this day is Coyoacan. Moreover, the traditional altars, handcrafts sales, games and many other activities you can find here as part of the tradition, this places had taken the celebration to a brand new level. Including some of the museums that got special exhibitions like:

· The mini offering at El Museo de la Acurela.

· The collective offering at El Museo de las Intervenciones

· The monumental offering at Casa Fortaleza de Emilio “El indio” Fernandez.

· The Catrina’s contest at Casa de la Cultura Jesús Reyes Heroles and Plaza Santa Catarina.

· The diverse cultural events performed at Jardin Hidalgo and Jardin Centenario.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration that warms the soul of Mexicans, which gives us the opportunity to “coexist” with those who came before us and let them know that we have not forgotten them.

Whether or not we put an offering, this tradition carries a part of the heart of each of the Mexicans who for three days carries in themselves the color and Mexican folklore.

We cannot help but say that death and life come together in balance to give us one of the most beautiful celebrations in the whole world.

So you know, if you plan to travel to Mexico City for those dates, there are events that you should visit, either to soak up Mexican culture or to remember our roots. Undoubtedly, as every year, the Capital of the Country will project the best of this celebration with unparalleled events, which will help not to lose one of the most emblematic traditions of our Mexico.

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