Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), rooted in Aztec traditions, is a festive holiday and remembrance of deceased loved ones. Each Nov. 2, Mexico City comes alive with colorful masks, parades, marigolds, and calacas (decorative skeletals). Here’s how to experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico City.
- Join the magnificent floats and costumed marchers for the spectacular Day of the Dead Parade along Reforma Avenue and the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square.
- Learn more about Mexico’s Aztec history and heritage with a tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, and the Shrine of Guadalupe.
- Take a day trip to San Andres Mixquic from Mexico City, renowned for its Day of the Dead festivities.
- Learn more about Day of the Dead traditions such as candlelit altars, sugar skulls, and pan de muerto (sweet bread).
- Discover the legend of the weeping woman, an important part of Xochimilco’s Day of the Dead celebrations.
- Experience Mexico’s unique folk heritage and traditions by attending an unforgettable folkloric ballet performance in Mexico City.
- Though Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov. 2 in Mexico City, the festivities kick off before that on Oct. 31.