Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos, is one of the most famous Mexican holidays, celebrated all over the world. Noche de Muerto, Night of the Dead is the celebrated only in the Lake Patzcuaro area. On the grave yards around the lake homage to the dead begins at sunset on November 1 and the next morning, with all-night candlelight vigils and celebrations and through the next few days.
Day of the Dead is pre-Hispanic tradition, related to harvest festivals, where abundant food is shared to everyone, including the dead.
Many people believe that during the Day of the Dead, souls that departed can visit the living. People will go to cemeteries to communicate with the souls of the passed ones, and to build family altars, containing the favorite foods and drinks, and pictures of the beloved departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so that the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed. You know, in Mexico people are making fun of everything. And even of the death.
We are happy to invite you to join our trip to Michoacan state to spend misterios Dia de Muertos at the Patzcuaro area, which celebration is considered the most traditional of all Mexico.
We would leave Mexico City at 05.30 at the morning the day 2 of November, Friday. After a trip and a breakfast we would start with our activities at the Patzcuaro area.
First we will lead to the Janitzio Island, during the boat ride we would be able to see local fishers – «mariposeros». Fishing is one of the traditional ways of making living on the Patzcuaro Lake.
On the island itself we would be able to see local cemetery with colorful offerings and altars. We would also visit Jose Mario Morelos monument. On our way back to Patzcuaro we will discover a small town of La Rivera del Lago. There is plenty of traditional towns around the lake Patzcuaro. And you would be able to see cemeteries and traditions in few of them.
We will have lunch at the Quiroga town, famous by its culture and handicrafts.
We will spend the night at the Patzcuaro town
We would invite you to the time-honored town of Santa Clara del Cobre – to discover its rich culture, beautiful tiny streets. The town is famous by the elaboration of the hammered copper. After the visit we would take you to the Zirahuen town to see the lake of the same name and have lunch. After lunch and free time we would lead back to Mexico City
We truly hope you can join us at this amazing adventure and to spend one of the most incredible celebrations in a small traditional region of Mexico.