Day of the Dead, Mexico

Celebrate Mexico's 'Día de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead) festivals every year from October 31st - November 2nd

A celebration of the dead

A quick public warning. There might be loads of skulls, skull masks, graves and that sort of thing, plus an inordinate amount of time spent lurking around graveyards, bedecking the final resting places of ancestors with flowers and food.

But there is no cause to be spooked by Mexico’s Day of the Dead, or riven with any kind of existential alarm.

Respect for departed loved ones

The Day of the Dead, which falls on November 2, is a jolly, partyish affair – honestly – and more of a celebration of life than the bit that comes afterwards.

Its raison d’etre, however, is underpinned by respect and prayers for departed loved ones.

The Day of the Dead is preceded on November 1 by the Day of the Innocents, which is more focused on a day concerning the needs of children.

Mexico City itself makes a big deal out of the Day of the Dead festival. But it’s the town of Patzcuaro which is really the, ahem, spiritual home of the event, which has now been extended into a longer festival rather than just a couple of days.