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Where to Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

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Elaborate costumes, candelit ceremonies, vibrant festivals, and nighttime parades make Día de Los Muertos a beautiful celebration of life. Here's where to get in the holiday spirit.
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
November 2 is one of the most important days on the Mexican calendar - and one of the most colorful for visitors. With history dating back to the Mayans and Aztecs, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an extravagant celebration of life. All...
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Sumpango, Guatemala
In the Guatemalan highlands near Antigua, the town of Sumpango celebrates Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in a unique and colorful manner. Giant Kites up to 50 feet in diameter are displayed in a field adjacent to the cemetery. Structurally...
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San Andrés Mixquic, CDMX, Mexico
Mixquic is a little town to the southeast of Mexico City. It is known for its traditional celebration of the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is a national holiday that takes place every year on November 2. The villagers open their...
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
With art, history, and the natural sciences all under one roof, the Oakland Museum has been working to address the many facets of life in California since it opened its doors more than 40 years ago. After undergoing a recent renovation and...
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In the morning, we went to Mixquic in the southwest of Mexico City to witness and participate in the decoration of the graves there. This photo was taken later in Zocalo in the city center where the parade and festivities lasted late into the...

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Plaza San Jacinto 11, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Once a separate municipality, San Ángel—in the city’s south, nestled into its western foothills—is a leafy, genteel enclave whose relative isolation adds a soigné feel (for better or worse) you won’t find in...
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Victor Bravo Ahuja Nte, Santa Lucía del Camino, Oax., Mexico
A cemetery is not normally an exciting place, but on November 1st and 2nd in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Panteon General is the place to be. Day of the Dead, or 'Dia de los Muertos' is a huge holiday in Oaxaca. Crowds flock to San Miguel Cemetery to...
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L St & 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
Zanzibar is a place I enjoy returning to whenever I am in the area. Located on a trendy strip of Midtown Sacramento, next to wine bars and upscale restaurants, this quirky shop sells fair-trade products from around the world. Despite its global...
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2965 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both...