Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is most likely one of the most unique cultural celebrations worldwide. When it comes to typical Western culture, celebrating “the dead” isn’t an awful common thing to do – however, Mexico and Latin America have a truly enchanting way of celebrating those who are no longer with us.
In Puerto Vallarta, from October 28th to November 2nd, visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to indulge in this unique celebration through a variety of visual displays and altars on the city’s iconic Malecon boardwalk. This year, Puerto Vallarta will be welcoming neighboring state of Aguascalientes, whom will create stunning giant catrina exhibits throughout the boardwalk.
In addition to these catrinas, those visiting the boardwalk will have the opportunity to appreciate upwards of 80 hand built memorial altars. The altars serve as an ofrenda, or offering, to those who have passed on. It is custom to decorate these altars with cempasuchil or marigold flowers, which are believed to lead the way from the realm of the dead to the realm of the living. Other commonly found items on Mexican Day of the Dead altars are candles, pan de Muerto (a sweet bread), photographs of the deceased, colorful flags and tissue paper cutouts, and any items that may have been especially enjoyed by those whom are being remembered.
November 1st, is recognized as Dia de Todos Santos, or as the day that children who have passed will come to visit those in the realm of the living. On November 2nd, or Día de Los Fieles Difuntos, all those other than children who have passed will come to enjoy the spirit of the offerings left on altars by their loved ones.
Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta is a perfect time to come and experience the true culture of Mexico and revel in the beauty of Vallarta’s cobblestone streets. Book your very own private luxury vacation rental or villa in Puerto Vallarta and experience utmost comfort as you explore a new way of remembering those who have left us. Puerto Vallarta Villas offers exquisite architectural gems in the form of private luxury villas, contact us today to book the perfect one for you!