Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dia de los Muertos - Coyoacan

Happy halloween! Here in the DF there's a strange mix of Day of the Dead and Halloween. Obviously right now there are lots of ofrendas, marigolds, candy skulls, etc for Dia de los Muertos, but I've also seen Halloween decorations, people dressed up in costumes (Fri, Sat and today) and kids carrying orange plastic pumpkins. A friend from Mexico said that when he was growing up (in Veracruz, not in the DF) there wasn't much influence of Halloween. If people dressed up, it was as La Catrina, La Llorona, a skeleton -- things relate to Dia de los Muertos. Now Halloween has become much more popular and, at least for the younger generations, intertwined with and sometimes associated with Dia de los Muertos. 

Today I went to Coyoacan and saw:

Ofrenda in the centro of Coyoacan

An installation representing souls of deceased migrants 

Skeletons playing various childhood games

Ofrendas representing the canals and trajineras in Xochimilco

the Chocolate and Pan de Muerto Fair

lots of food mostly representative
 of other Mexican States

Chapulines (grasshoppers) -- I tried one. Not terrible, but not my favorite

We ate pan de muerto filled with chantilly, a tamal with mole, hot
chocolate,and a drink from Chiapas made with cacao, corn and cinnamon

Sugar skulls and other Dia de los Muertos treats 

more skeletons -- El Pachuco 

the paleta (popsicle) seller


  1. very cool i am a student of senora phelps

  2. omg good pictures

  3. Makes me want to go to mexico and be in the festivals

  4. Thanks for the comments! I love hearing feedback on the blog. Glad you're reading and enjoying it!

  5. again senora phelps says hello

  6. Check back in the next couple days -- I'll have 1 more entry on Dia de los Muertos from a trip to Mixquic.