Halloween comes around every year and whether or not you are a big fan of this holiday, you may be looking for a new way to celebrate it. A great way to do this is by taking a vacation in one of Mexico’s best destinations, Puerto Vallarta.
Before you start making plans to stay at a beautiful vacation rental, keep in mind that Halloween is celebrated a bit differently here. The Day of the Dead is Mexico’s “version” of Halloween. Except that the tradition doesn’t include much dressing up. While kids at schools will often have fun with the Day of the Dead and dress up for Halloween, there are traditions that have nothing to do with the American holiday.
Why do Mexicans celebrate a day of the dead?
At first glance, one may wonder why Mexicans celebrate something as “dark” as the dead. Yet, once you get to know the reasons and traditions behind this holiday, it becomes clear that it is actually a beautiful way to remember.
Mexicans celebrate and have a good time on this day even though the reason for them visiting graves is because they have lost a loved one. Their take on it allows for a heartwarming and even fun experience. For those who are celebrating the loss of adult loved ones, there may be drinks and food involved. Families may prepare the deceased favorite’s food and enjoy their preferred alcohol. There will be a photo of them on the homemade altar and perhaps some of their favorite items.
Mexicans feel that it’s more of an insult to the dead to mourn them and choose instead to celebrate them much as they did while they were still alive; with laughter, drinks, dancing, and fun.
As you walk through the streets of the city, you will be sure to find altars decorated with Mexican marigolds and a variety of items, as well as candy skulls. If you want to try some of the traditional candy and sweets from the Day of the Dead, you can be sure to find them in bakeries and grocery stores. From the calaca candies to Pan de Muerto, eating Mexican “Halloween” candy will be a unique experience.
While you are in Mexico for Halloween, you may be able to enjoy some Halloween celebrations at bars and local events, as well. Just know that the Day of the Dead celebrations can end up being an experience that you will never forget. If you want some help in finding a vacation rental for Halloween, reach out to us for more information.