Getting off Mexico’s beaten path with a trip to Oaxaca for the Day of the Dead
My visit coincided with one of Mexico’s most fascinating holidays, Día de Muertos or the Day of the Dead. In late October and early November, families celebrate the spirits and memories of the departed. It’s not the Mexican equivalent of Halloween, as some might state. It’s totally different and lasts up to five days.
I joined local revellers in Chila in a seemingly endless night-time parade that involved walking and dancing down the town’s main street, Avenida 16 de Septiembre.
While the boisterous fun seemed at first to be out of place, it is not seen as being disrespectful to the deceased. Everyone paraded behind a live band. many in costumes and all enthusiastically dancing. Clarinets squeaked and squealed and trombones took over from the trumpets. The pounding of snare drums made me feel like I was at a sports rally. Think New Orleans, and not Six Feet Under.
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