What is Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a celebration where our departed loved ones come back to spend a day with us. To help them in their journey, we create altars or offerings, with marigolds, candles, their favorite food, candy skulls, and colorful papers. No, we didn´t celebrate it with a parade until some years ago, now the government and the Tourist Office have created one because thousands of people who watched the James Bond movie came looking for it and were very disappointed when they found out that this is a family tradition not a party to get drunk and dress like a colorful skull or Catrina (which BTW were not created for this, they were a cartoon to mock the rich people during the Porfirio Díaz period).
Day of the dead is one of my favorite traditions, here I´ll share with you my personal approach to the celebration, we will start with coffee, sweet bread, and street tacos, later we´ll visit the flower market, where we´ll have delicious food and do some shopping like candy skulls, flowers, candles, colorful papers, and more. After that we will drive back to my home, where we will enjoy some mezcal cocktails and snacks while setting up the altar, I´ll explain my childhood memories, the meaning of every item at the altar and, we will have a celebration to honor the dead.
I believe in respect and I care about my people and city, sometimes when we travel and want to experience the local traditions we get in the way and disrupt peoples lives without noticing, the cemeteries are amazing, but, imagine trying to celebrate something you´ve been doing for generations while thousands of tourist snap pictures of you.this is a respectful, insightful yet very traditional way to celebrate with locals, come to my home, drink with me, and learn the real meaning of this tradition.