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Area (sq km): 1,972,690
Population: 106,202,903
Nationality: Mexican
Local Name: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Time Zone: -6 to -8 GMT
Currency: 1 peso =
100 centavos
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Mexico City
Dialling Code: +52
Electricity: 110V/50Hz
Internet Code: .mx
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Tropical,
Mountain,
Desert
Government: Federal Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-16.00
Major Airports: Acapulco(ACA),
Cancun(CUN),
Cozumel(CZM),
Los Cabos(SJD),
Mexico City(MEX),
Oaxaca(OAX),
PuertoVallarta(PVR)

Mexican villas and Day of the Dead in Mexico

Festivals near Mexican villas are plentiful and encompass just about anything that comes to mind. None though are perhaps as iconic as Day of the Dead in Mexico. Honouring life and death, Day of the Dead in Mexico sees the country join together in a celebration of massive proportions.

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead

Food, drink, songs, dance, fireworks and street festivals are the order of the day when you are staying in Mexican villas at this time of year. The Day of the Dead in Mexico is a ritual associated with indigenous civilisations of Mexico and Central America, particularly the Aztecs. The rites date back 3000 years. The Spanish Conquistadors 500 years ago attempted to wipe out the ritual saying that the people were mocking death.

Day of the Dead rituals

The closest the Conquistadors got to silencing this important event was to move it so that it coincided with All Saints Day on 1 November. Originally, Day of the Dead in Mexico lasted for one month on the 9th lunar month of the Aztec calendar, which is around August.

The Day of the Dead in Mexico honours the departed, the deceased. It is said that during this time the dead can return to the living world to visit their relatives. Unlike many Western cultures, these ancient civilisations saw death in a much more positive light, one without fear. They believed living was more of a dream and that they reached their full potential after crossing the threshold of death. Thus, this is a celebration. Skulls are a prominent centrepiece of this day. They symbolise death, but also rebirth.

Stay in Mexican villas for Day of the Dead

In many rural areas families set off to spend the Day of the Dead at the cemeteries where their loved ones rest. They decorate the graves with candles and marigolds. They bring toys to the children and sometimes bottles of tequila for the adults. They honour their deceased family members by laying out a picnic featuring their favourite food and drink.

Altars are built in people’s homes. They feature sugar skulls with the deceased’s name carved on the forehead. Pictures are placed on the altars with gifts, including favourite foods and drinks. Also offered to the dead are flowers, candles and incense. Witness the amazing Day of the Dead spectacles from the security of Mexico vacation rentals and Mexican villas.

Day of the Dead in Mexico City

While many places observe a quiet day of remembrance shared with family and highlighted by good food and drink, most places celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico with great flair. Street fairs are found all over Mexico and there are especially big celebrations for Day of the Dead in Mexico City.

Mexico City offers a grand display and the entire city is charged for the most important event on Mexico’s calendar. Parades tour the streets with massive skulls and coffins in a colourful and happy procession. The Zocalo is especially festive. Music plays and people dance as this often thought macabre day is really a celebration of life too. Get close to the action by searching for Mexican villas near major Day of the Dead in Mexico fiestas.

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