FESTIVAL OF LIFE AND DEATH: DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO CITY

The mystical time of the year is here! In November, we celebrate the Day of the Dead with rituals and offerings, between altars, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), cempasúchil flowers… all because we have an inherent bond with dead; for us, it is a living culture. So, since the last days of October, we celebrate the deceased people with the belief that the gate between life and death disappears allowing them to return home.

Do you want to discover more? Keep reading.

THE OFFERING

It is a tribute to those who are no longer with us. Is full of significance and symbolic elements that guide the dead people all along their journey:

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THELOCALTIPS DAY OF THE DEAD EDITION 

DAY OF THE DEAD PARADE

It is great, majestic, picturesque. A true fiesta where catrinas (women skeletons), dances and traditional costumes take the major avenues of the capital.

Where? From Paseo de la Reforma to Zócalo. When? November 2nd.

GRAND OFFERING

Can you picture the main square of Mexico City full of cempasúchil flowers, gigantic skeletons, and a monumental altar? Well, it is a reality, and you need to live it.

Where? Zócalo at Centro Histórico. When? November 1st to 17th.

PAN DE MUERTOS ROUTE

Have you seen that all the bakeries around the city are full of round-shape sugary pieces of bread? That’s pan de muerto (bread of the dead), a soft treat with orange flavor, and a must to eat during this season. Oh, one last thing! Those little figures that decorate the sides represent the bones of the deceased, and the top piece symbolizes the skull or the heart. Another tribute to death.

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Are you ready to eat a little piece of our culture? Take this pan de muerto route then!

Pastelería La Suiza

Condesa neighborhood

Cream-filled pan de muerto. Do we have to say more? This bakery has handmade it for over 70 years.

How to arrive from our apartments in Condesa: 

Cachito Mío

Roma neighborhood

They give the pan de muerto a twist turning it into cookies without losing the spongy effect. Be careful with the mini size; we promise you won’t stop eating.

How to arrive from our apartments in Roma: 

La Pilarica

Centro district

Just a couple of streets from Palacio de Bellas Artes, you find this bakery, considered an institution of the pan de muerto and its varieties: with sugar, sesame seeds, fig, nuts, chocolate, and cream-filled.

¿How to arrive from our apartments in Juárez neighborhood: 

Live this mystical tradition like a true local! If you’re planning your travel to Mexico City, book your stay with us and don’t miss the best local tips for the Day of the Dead.

Book now https://thelocalwaymx.com/apartments

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Por Daniela Martínez

Temporary homes for a new way to stay in Mexico City, no matter if you’re in town for a couple of nights or a year. This is home away from home. 

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