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Puerto Vallarta Comes Alive for Day of the Dead

October 11, 2018


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This time of year in Puerto Vallarta is especially lively, as the city approaches its Dia de Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” commemoration to honor deceased loved ones. One of Mexico’s most important annual holidays, Día de Muertos can be witnessed throughout Puerto Vallarta as events enliven the city. From altars to street parties, the multi-day holiday is a truly authentic way to experience Mexican culture.

This year’s festivities begin October 23, with the most notable celebrations taking place the night of October 31 and through All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). Events include Day of the Dead altars exhibition at the Malecón, a City Hall performance, folk dance entertainment, free guided tours at the Municipal Cemetery and a traditional catrina parade in El Centro. The streets come alive with colorful decorations, including catrinas, skeletons, papel picado (perforated paper), and Day of the Dead altars. It's common for people to leave some Pan de Muerto on the altars that hold the offerings representing earth (food), wind (paper flags), water (to quench the soul's thirst) and fire (candles). Sugar skulls are also a common offering.

On the night of October 31, Mexican families erect altars to the dead in their homes with the idea that the spirits return. They also visit cemeteries where loved ones are buried, hold vigils and prepare extravagant meals.

More information about this year’s Dia de Los Muertos celebrations are coming soon, so check with our staff about how you can participate.