Estas fotos las hice durante 4 intensos días en los que pude cubrir una gran cantidad de eventos para la revista Vogue México. Días de dormir tarde e incluso al final con una dolorosa caída en una zanja que me causó 5 puntadas en la espinilla, en fin, anécdotas o gajes del oficio que le llaman.
Al final encontrarás consejos para planear tu visita a Oaxaca durante esta temporada.
(English version below the photos).
Otra actividad popular durante estos días son las comparsas donde la gente se disfraza y baila a ritmo de música, las principales y más concurridas se realizan en Etla, a unos 30 minutos del centro de Oaxaca.
How to plan your visit during Day of the Death in Oaxaca.
First of all you need to know that this is a high peak season so you must check your transportation and accommodations at least with two months in advance.
The Day of the Death is on November 2nd but celebrations begins few days before you, let me explain you.
One of the main activities is visiting cemeteries, the best day to do it is the night of the 31st of October, I suggest to visit first the one located in Oaxaca city called San Miguel aka Panteón General (between 8-9 pm), there you’ll see candles lighting up 2,500 nitches, also there you’ll see some cultural events going on.
Once you are done there, take a taxi to the village of Xoxocotlán (10 minutes away) and there you can visit first the new cemetery, even that it’s a large one, it might get crowded, get there around 10-11pm. There you’ll see the families gathered around the tomb previously decorated, some musicians will offer to play songs as a way to remember their relatives. If you are hungry, try having some local food, you’ll find plenty of options outside. Once you are ready, walk to the old cemetery, that’s a small one but more mystic, there you’ll see some ruins of an antique chapel, watch your step there because the ground is uneven and the space to walk through is tight.
The next place to visit is the cemetery at Atzompa, a village located 25 minute away, if you get there after midnight it’s OK, there will be people all night so take your time. This place is a must. You’ll see it packed with marigold flowers and tons of candles that lights the place creating a stunning atmosphere, you got to see it.
The days after there will be plenty of parades at downtown Oaxaca City with people dressed up with traditional costumes using ‘Catrina’ (skeleton) make up style, followed with a brass band arround the main streets.
Also at some neighborhoods there are some carnivals with live music, the main ones occurs at Etla, 30 minute from Oaxaca city.
So what do you think, are you comming to experince it?