Celebrating Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro, Mexico
Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro Mexico is a joyous and sacred time. It’s a time to prepare for the return of the souls of the dead by preparing altars, visiting gravestones and cooking special food. And, as I discovered in Patzcuaro, Mexico, it’s a time for children to join the triumph over death and celebrate life.
It’s also a fine opportunity for photographers to take photos of the costumed participants as many of the children (accompanied by their parents) will pose for photos so you don’t need to be concerned about invading their privacy. Here are some of the faces of the children we met during Dia de los Muertos:
Day of the Dead Processions in Patzcuaro
Many of the Day of the Dead costumes are based on La Calavera Catrina a zinc etching originally created by Jose Guadalupe Posada between 1910 and 1913, then named and painted by Diego Rivera in his famous murals. These representations of elegant female skeletons dressed in European attire of sweeping hats and long flowing gowns were originally intended as a satirical commentary on native Mexican who were abandoning their culture in favour of European turn-of-the-century fashions and fads.
Today’s Day of the Dead costumes are elaborate recreations of those early depictions. They are accompanied by white face paint and make-up designed and applied to look like skulls.
By Bus: First-class La Linea buses run every hour from the Central Camionera Poniente de Observatorio Bus Station in Mexico City to Patzcuaro bus station with a brief stop in Morelia. The cost is 409 pesos ($35 CAD) one-way.
Patzcuaro Hotel: Meson San Antonio offers economical but charming rooms (many with fireplaces) in a historic inn located on Serrato St. just steps to the Basilica and the Day of the Dead Flower Market.
Food: Sopa Tarasca or Tarascan soup makes an ideal lunchtime meal after watching processions during Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro. This satisfying soup features pinto beans, chiles and crispy tortilla strips in a delicious combination. Try Restaurante Lupita at Cuesta de Don Vasco # 5 for one of the best variations on this popular soup.