Day of the Dead
Today is Halloween here in the U.S., but in Mexico, it begins the Day of the Dead, a three-day holiday to remember and celebrate those who have died. Families decorate the gravesites of their relatives, revelers dress in skeleton costumes, candles are lit, and those who are gone are remembered.
In some places, the celebration attracts too many tourists. In Lake Patzcuaro, boats decorated with candles and flowers are loaded with local villagers and visitors, and taken to a cemetery on an island, where they spend the night summoning back the dead in celebration. Writer Jim Benning posted on the WorldHum blog that his experience there was ruined by overcrowding. “I left angry that Mexican tourism officials, who had waged an advertising campaign promoting the event with flashy posters, had failed to regulate the number of people on the island,” he says.
Planeta offers insights to help enjoy the celebration in ways that are eco-friendly and culturally rewarding.