An explosion of colour and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don funky makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.
The rituals are rife with symbolic meaning. The more you understand about this feast for the senses, the more you will appreciate it. The centerpiece of the celebration is an altar, or ofrenda, built in private homes and cemeteries. As such, they’re loaded with offerings—water to quench thirst after the long journey, food, family photos, and a candle for each dead relative.
Dive headfirst into the facepaint filled fiesta in Mexico's heart of Oaxaca. This eclectic city is the world's most famous for deeply spiritual and vibrant day of the dead celebrations. Engage in pre-Hispanic traditions and honour the departed. Shake your tail-feather with the street dances, costumes, and visit the ornate altars that are erected as shrines, littered with candles and gifts.Book Now
G Adventures have one of the most unique, affordable and authentic day of the dead tours available and it's not just a 1 day wonder either!Book Now
In order to get the full experience, you have to go into the heart of Mexico, not just the fringes. Connect with locals who deeply care about sharing their culture with others and rejoice with the locals!Book Now
Bring some extra money for gifts to take home. The Mezcal is a favourite for many who visit the factory during the tour.Book Now
Not quite. It might be full of face paint and not so far apart in the calendar, but Day Of The Dead is a cultural festival to celebrate the lives of those who have now passed on. That means there's a much deeper sentiment and more purpose and gusto behind the festivities.
If you're from the UK you won't need a visa to enter Mexico!
Of course! G Adventures are an awesome company and very flexible, you can put a deposit down for this tour a full year in advance.
Either are fine. The guides and people are warmer than jalepeno peppers and you'll soon be surrounded by friends even if you departed the plane alone!