A person in costume on the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca 03 Sep 2016
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Every year on the first two days of November, the people of Mexico recall their dead relations in a meaningful but festive ceremony. But far from a macabre, grisly dwelling on darkness and death, Day of the Dead has become a festival that celebrates life as much as death, and is a fun-filled family affair where young and old pay colourful tribute to the spirits that surround them.
Of the many religious festivals celebrated throughout the year in Mexico, the Dia de los Muertos is probably the most fascinating to travellers and the one that is truest to the country's mestizo spirit. The fiesta blends both pre-Hispanic and Christian rituals, and celebrations vary from state to state. See it for yourself this autumn on a trip with Insight Guides: browse suggested trip itineraries online or submit a private trip request now.