Celebrating the Departed

Source: Travel Agent Central

Source: Travel Agent Central

Early fall is a wonderful time to travel. The weather is mild, the crowds are reduced, and there’s even a first whiff of holiday merriment in the air. In Mexico, early fall means Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – a holiday that is both serious and festive and an occasion of fantastic imagery, color, food, art, and culture.

If North Americans are a bit twitchy about death and the departed (take, for example, this blog post that lists 101 Ways to Say “Died”), Día de los Muertos celebrates and honors those on the other side with family gatherings and special offerings. Typically celebrated on October 31, November 1, and November 2, the holiday’s importance has been recognized by UNESCO on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

_1280092-EditWhile skulls and skeletons aplenty show up for Halloween in the U.S., and Día de los Muertos traditions are observed locally in some communities, there’s nothing quite like a trip to Mexico to see the holiday in its colorful glory. I was very pleased to see that Travel Agent Central included Las Rosadas first among its recommendations for Where to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Mexico. The online publication also lists a number of other resorts and fiestas where visitors will enjoy the flavors and sights of the season. If you go, I’d love to hear about your experience.