Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. There was an amazing Street party for Day of the Dead last night Downtown by the Mercado, with Charros, Folkloric ballet, live music and a parade of Skeletons. The actual celebration started on Oct 28th thru November 2nd. See below the full list of all of the events. A combination of the traditional Día de Los Muertos customs, with exhibits of Dia de los Muertos art , from Day of the Dead altars and Catrina displays, flower carpets located around the downtown area. Ending with the street party that had, Charros (Mexican Cowboys) music and dance performances; lots of fireworks and much more.
The actual traditions and believes about Dia de los Muertos is that on November 2nd, the dearly departed will rise from their graves and join the living.
According to ancient history, when a person dies their spirit lives on in Mictlan, a place where they rest peacefully until El Día de Los Muertos, when they return to their former homes to visit their families.
Today it is still quite common for Mexican families to go to the cemetery and decorate their relatives’ graves and have family parties at the grave site. In their homes or businesses they make altars to celebrate and invite their loved ones’ spirits to come back for a visit.
Throughout Mexico and other parts of Latin America and now Mexicans living in the US and Canada are introducing the customs of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities. The celebrations begin on the night of October 31st and continue through November 2nd. These are the days when art, religion, life, death, sadness and humor all come together in bright colors, tears and music.
5:30 pm – Join the Season opener of the Artwalk on this self-guided tour of galleries and alters. Enjoy live music at Café des Artiste.
5:00 pm – Starting at 5pm in Park Hidalgo there will be many events including: Youth Orchestra – Iglesia del refugio, Conference on the history of death in México, Film Festival showing “Macario” and restaurants offering special menus for the holiday.
9:30am – beginning at 9:30am there will be the unveiling of flower carpets around downtown.
10am – Unveiling of interactive alter in park Lazaro Cardenas
10am – Decorated boats will sail from the pier in honour of deceased captains
7 -10pm – Beer and Music festival in the 5 de Deciembre Cemetery
10am – Paint your own Dia de Los Muertos skull in the Cultural Centre on Isla Cuale
12:00 pm – Children´s Films at the Cultral Centre
6:00 pm – At various locations around town Face painting for Record Guinness of Catrina’s
5:30 pm – Leaving from the Cemetary of 5 de diciembre the Catrina parade with giant puppets and Folk Dancers “Vallarta Azteca”
6:30 pm – At the Hidalgo park Folk dancers “Mixcoatl”, from the state of Aguascalientes
7:00 pm – Starting at Hotel Rosita Silent march with “Catrinas y Catrines”
7:00 – 10:00 pm – Pier street hosts the Music and Beer festival
8:00 pm – Catrina Get-together to break the Guinness Book of World Record
10:00 pm – Head off to various clubs and bars for Catrina and costume contests
6pm – Park Lazaro Cardenas hosts a number of events including the Festival of Angels, the Bread, sweets, and food festival, the Xiutla dancers, and showing of the Movie “Libro de la vida”
7-10pm – The street the pier is on will again host another beer and music festival
11:30am – In the main plaza Exhibition of “Las catrina de Lupe” by Karla Moreno productions
6pm – Starting at the 5 de Deciembre cemetery to the Municipal market – parade
7-10pm – Street party at the Municipal market
Unlike Halloween, when death is something to be feared, on El Día de Los Muertos death – or at least the memories of those who have died – is something to be celebrated.
But there is a historical link between Halloween and the Day of the Dead. These days derive from related dates on the Catholic calendar. Halloween (October 31) is All Hallows’ Eve, November 1 is All Hallows’ Day, and Nov. 2, El Día de Los Muertos, is All Souls’ Day.
That means that Halloween and the Day of the Dead have been related since medieval times. And nowadays both are part of contemporary Mexican society.
So, if you happen to be celebrating Halloween in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find plenty of fun and frightening activities for all ages to enjoy – like US-style Halloween costume contests with substantial cash prizes at local bars and restaurants, and hordes of ghosts, goblins, super heroes and princesses chanting “Queremos Halloween!” (‘We want Halloween’ the Mexican version of “trick-or-treat”) with outstretched hands (and bags) just waiting to be filled with candy.
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