Last month we traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to experience our first Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  San Miguel de Allende is a city located in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, northwest of Mexico City. 14,000 of the city’s population of 80,000 are expatriates, roughly 70 percent of them from the U.S.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende



From Wiki: “Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.”

Here’s a photo blog of our visit:

The intrepid travelers - ready to depart.

Heading south to experience San Miguel de Allende and our first Day of the Dead.



A view of San Miguel from one of its hilltops

A view of San Miguel from one of its hilltops.



The Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende is beautifully landscaped.

The Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende is beautifully landscaped, especially during festivals such as Day of the Dead.



Our view from the rooftop of the Rosewood.

Our view from the rooftop of the Rosewood.



The spires of the Cathedral of San Miguel de Allende.

The spires of the Cathedral of San Miguel de Allende.



Exquisite town square next to the Cathedral.

Exquisite town square next to the Cathedral.



Shauna and Renee - doing their bicep exercises.

Shauna and Renee – doing their bicep exercises.



Shauna and Renee posing with Oscar.

Shauna and Renee posing with Oscar.



Posing with the Kingston Trio.

Posing with the Kingston Trio.



Examples of the memorial altars built for previously deceased loved ones.

Examples of the memorial altars built for previously deceased loved ones.



More examples of memorial altars.

More examples of memorial altars.



More examples of memorial altars.

More examples of memorial altars.



More examples of memorial altars.

More examples of memorial altars.



The artwork reflected the Day of the Dead theme.

The artwork reflected the Day of the Dead theme.



Work in progress.

Prepping for the Day of the Dead parade…work in progress.



Wow!!

Wow!!



The hats were enormous.

The finished products… Renee’s got that Day of the Dead stare down!!



Not to be left out....

Not to be left out….



Trick or treat?

Scawwy!!



Much happier faces.

Having too much fun, we can’t maintain our ‘dead scowls’.



Ready to join the parade!!!

Ready to join the parade!!!



The Day of the Dead parade gets underway.

The Day of the Dead parade gets underway.



The Day of the Dead parade.

The Day of the Dead parade.



The beauty and the beast?

The beauty and the beast?



Who is this beautiful creature?

Parading.



Someone took too much growth hormone.

Costumed revelers were everywhere.



Ready to return home.

Ready to return home.