The Day of the Dead festival takes place from Halloween until the night of the 2nd November, and this most Mexican of events is best experienced in Oaxaca.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Oct - Nov

Flight from London London

10:50 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

The sentiment is extremely poignant - that the dead are never truly gone until the last of the their descendants forgets about them, so families congregate around the tombs and graves of their ancestors as the souls of the deceased return to earth to be with their families and loved ones.

Halloween is seen as 'fun and games' whereas the 1st and 2nd of November are far more serious, and in keeping with the importance of food in Mexican culture, the favourite meal of the deceased is often laid by the grave. Body paint and imagery of skulls and bones are often important in many areas of Mexico as well.

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Original Highlight

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The Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico are of such cultural importance, that UNESCO have included the festival on their list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Where to stay

Parador San Juan De Dios

Parador San Juan De Dios

Located in the oldest part of town, Parador San Juan is a converted hacienda that offers guests an authentic yet luxurious experience.

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabal is a modern Mayan palace, and is just a ten minute drive from the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque.

Pool at Casa Oaxaca, luxury hotel in Mexico

Casa Oaxaca

Housed in an 18th Century colonial house, Casa Oaxaca has been painstakingly restored and modernised to create a designer boutique hotel.

Hotel Bo

Hotel Bo

In complete contrast to most San Cristobal hotels, Hotel Bo is a design forward boutique hotel, located a short stroll from the heart of town.

Quinta Real

Quinta Real

Built in 1576, Quinta Real Oaxaca was formerly a convent, before being taken over and turned into municipal offices at the height of political turmoil in 1862. Restoration began in 1972, under the watchful eye of The National Institute of Anthropology and History, with the beautiful frescoes restored by experts, and artistic treasures repaired.

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