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Day of the dead

Ready to experience all the culture and food during the Day of the Dead in Mexico? You don’t have to visit Mexico City to soak in all the fun during this eccentric celebration!.

The Day of the Dead is a holiday that is widely spread throughout the whole country and is celebrated in small villages to big cities all around Mexico. I was planning on spending the holiday in Mexico City, but after doing some more research I felt I would get a more authentic experience if I went to a smaller village.

I love the beach and am always looking for the next up and coming beach town. So I headed just outside of Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the Day of the Dead in Sayulita, Mexico.

What Is The Day Of The Dead

sayulita day of the deadThe Day of the Dead is believed to have started over 2000- 3000 years ago when the Aztecs inhabited Mexico. Even though it is called the “day” of the dead it is actually a multiple-day festival that is heavily focused on family celebration.

The festival is normally celebrated between October 31st – November 2nd, but these dates can be extended to continue in celebrating the deceased. The family gathers together for prayers, food and celebration to remember previous family members that have passed.

This not only helps living members cope with the family member passing away, but they also believe the love and support from the living family members help to lift the deceased into their next life.

To honour the dead the families will make altars. They will place photos of the family members that are to be remembered, their favorite foods and any other memorabilia to comfort the deceased.

It is also a holiday where the living often dress up like the dead and is thought to be the origins of Halloween, which is celebrated in the United States.

What to Expect In Sayulita, Mexico For The Day Of The Dead

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Sayulita is a small town. There are two main streets, one coming into town the and other one heading out of town. You won’t have to worry about getting lost while you are there.

It is easy to walk around, has a feel comfortable and is safe. As a solo female traveler alone in Mexico, I actually never felt unsafe.

Yes, of course you have to be smart so you don’t put yourself in dangerous situations, but everyone is super friendly and nice.

There is one main square, the zocalo as they call it in Spanish. It is very small, and the whole town has a great sense of community during the holiday. The main square is decorated with altars, skeletons, artwork and more.

The streets are filled with plentiful street vendors selling all sorts of food. There is live music and live performances all throughout the nights and artists in the streets painting faces.

It is a unique experience that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.

This festival is great perspective on the way you look at life. Here, the dead are celebrated and remembered. Death for them is just the beginning of life, and not the end as we like to think it is.

Why Is It Better Than A Big City

If you are looking for a crazy party for the Day of the Dead, Mexico City is the place you are going to want to celebrate. However, if you are wanting something smaller and more family-oriented, it is far better to be in a smaller village in Mexico, like Sayulita.

Sayulita is a great place to go enjoy the family-oriented side of the holiday. All the kids get dressed up and get their faces painted. You get a real sense a community as you are celebrating the holiday.

Plus Sayulita is a very picturesque town. Its streets are covered in colorful god’s eyes year-round and the food there is to die for. It is a friendly town that is not over-run with tourism. While I was there I saw more Mexican tourists than I did gringos, which I really enjoyed.

It is a great town to explore even if it is not this holiday. I highly recommend skipping Puerta Vallarta and heading to Sayulita instead.

While you are in Sayulita make sure to also check out Los Muertos Beach with this easy to follow guide on how to get there.

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