Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico on October 31, November 1 and 2. It’s ritual can be traced back to pre-columbian times. Witnessing the many ways in which the celebration takes place in different parts of the country is a unique experience if you wish to participate in a truly Mexican experience. Here are some of the events you may wish to attend locally, if you wish to participate, most of which are being coordinated by the Vallarta Centro Association (www.vallartacentro.com).
Day of the Dead altars expositions will take place from October 31 to November 3 in many of the city’s public buildings, schools, restaurants, shops and businesses, on the Malecón, outside of Puerto Vallarta’s City Hall and on Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas in Colonia Emiliano Zapata.
Several downtown hotels will erect altars celebrating specific personalities and will participate in a special sweepstakes. Residents and visitors are encouraged to pick up a special “passport” at any of the businesses mentioned below, and get the document stamped at all the locations, making them eligible to participate in special raffles with prizes provided by the hotels: Villa Premier, Rosita, Río Malecón, Catedral, Belmar, Posada de Roger, Eloisa, Emperador, Villa Mercedes, and the Mercado Río Cuale.
Neighbours and businesses in and around Francisca Rodríguez St. (at Los Muertos Pier) will hold their third annual street party on Friday, November 1, at 6 pm.
A special show of Catrinas (traditional female skeleton figures) from Aguascalientes will take place at Los Arcos Amphitheater on Friday, November 1, at 7 pm.
A food expo and kermis featuring pan de muertos, or day of the dead bread and a special presentation of the Xiutla Folkloric Dance Troupe will take place at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, also on Friday, November 1, at 7 pm. The festival will feature traditional Mexican food Day of the Dead altars, and face painting stations.
A street party next to the Mercado Río Cuale will begin at noon on Saturday, November 2. Later on in the day, at 5:30 pm, a special procession will start on San Salvador St., next to the Municipal Graveyard, in which the Xiutla, the Aguascalientes Catrinas, along with charro horsemen and many other local artistic troupes will parade all the way back to the Mercado Río Cuale, to wrap up the celebrations with live music performances raffles and fireworks.