We recently visited Oaxaca in occasion of Dia de Muertos (The Day of Dead). The trip was actually planned a year in advance. We tried to stay in our favorite hotel for this occasion in the past and could never find a room . Last year, while in Oaxaca, we booked way ahead of time. It was well worth it.
For the occasion the city of Oaxaca de Juarez and the neighboring towns host a week of celebrations. If you want to experience authentic Mexican traditions, it doesn’t get any better than this.
The preparations are as beautiful as the actual celebrations, every street corner offers incredible photographic opportunities. Colorful shrines are built everywhere, adorned with yellow and orange marigolds and displaying food and beverage offerings for the dead. The traditional belief is that the dead arrive on earth after a long journey tired, hungry and thirsty. The offerings on the altar are meant to take care of their needs.