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Yucatan: Altar contest

Every year, an altar contest brings delegations from all over the state to the Plaza Grande in Merida.

San Luis Potosi: Xantolo in the huasteca potosina

During the pre-Hispanic era, death did not exist. Death was seen, instead, as simply a transition, a voyage through time and space towards true life.

Oaxaca: A sharing of sadness and joy

The offerings, a main aspect of the celebration, echo the profound love that the Oaxacan people feel towards life. There are subtle variations in the presentation of the offerings, among the neighboring towns. In Teotitlan del Valle, for example, a predominant place is chosen in the main room of the house to erect the altar.

Jimbanqua: Day of the Dead in the P’urhepecha Plateau

The Rose Horses of Zurumucapio

Distinctive to San Angel Zurumucapio is the tradition of making small rose-decorated horses and dedicating them to those who died during the year. Several members of the community dedicate themselves to this work.

Traditions: The Altar

Day of the Dead in Mexico represents a mixture of Christian devotion and Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs. As a result of this mixture, the celebration comes to life as an unique Mexican tradition including an altar and offerings dedicated to the deceased.

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