Dia de Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s most widely celebrated holidays and showcases some amazing cultural traditions! The original purpose behind the holiday is to honor the dead. Often mixed up with Halloween like in the U.S, which creates fear around death, the Mexican holiday is to celebrate those who have passed on and are excited about their return. Traditions such as using Calaveras and or Marigold Flowers known as cempazúchitl, or even building at-home “altars” called Ofrendas and scattering the favorite foods and beverages of the celebrated people as gifts across their shrines.
However, the holiday is not ONLY about honoring the dead. Dia de Los Muertos is also a common time to gift friends and family candy such as sugar skulls, eat a traditional “pan de muerto”, and write poems to one another which are called “Calaveras Literarias” or, “skull poetry” that is used as mock epitaphs dedicated to family who is still living.
Here in Puerto Vallarta, we should see a resurgence of celebration since the COVID-19 pandemic caused many cancellations within our city, maybe this year we can finally get back to full force. October 27th will host the “Day of the Dead” festival. Each day will feature different events ranging from dance performances, music, ballet, and rhythmic gymnastics, to a parade of personified charros on their horses marching the boardwalk, all of which will take place along the famous Malecon. Finally, the festival will close on the 5th of November with a musical closing ceremony.
It is safe to say that Puerto Vallarta will be a great host to this wonderful tradition and will fill your day with some amazing cultural activities in and around the romantic zone, providing you with many opportunities to try some of the best cafes and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.
And remember, the next time you visit beautiful Puerto Vallarta, be sure to visit our library of used books in the Romantic Zone. Our coffee shop in Puerto Vallarta offers thousands English books to choose from. Also, take a look at our complete menu of sandwiches, our organic Mexican coffee, salads, and more in our cafeteria located in the Romantic Zone, Old Town of Puerto Vallarta.