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Los Días de los Muertos en Oaxaca y Más

Oaxaca is still a lively place to go to take in the sights and sounds of Los Días de los Muertos. Everyone in the city of Oaxaca gets into the spirit. Most of the stores and restaurants construct altars that reflect the joy of welcoming back the spirits of the dead.

All the markets (Benito Juarez, 20 de Noviembre and the Abastos are full of pan de muerto, chocolate, sugar skulls and toys to decorate the altars. In fact all the markets in Oaxaca are extremely festive this time of year as they are full of marigolds and celosia for decorating the graves and the altars.

Before and after I went out to Teotitlan del Valle I spent time in the city of Oaxaca. On my first day there were school children dressed up as calaveras (skeletons) that paraded throughout the streets with live music all day long. Later on in the afternoon a calenda with the China Oaxaqueñas came up M. Alcala followed by a Danza de La Pluma group. There was never a dull moment. On November 5th Lila Downs performed at the Guelaguetza Auditorium. I even got in a mini-performance of the Danza de la Pluma when I was out in Teotitlan del Valle. Oaxaca is such a great place to visit no matter what time of year you happen to be there as evidenced by the photos taken in the next years!
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Cortés and his soldiers
Cortés and his soldiers
La Danza de la Pluma at the Palacio Municipal
La Danza de la Pluma at the Palacio Municipal
Gaspar and Irene at the Cuevita
Gaspar and Irene at the Cuevita
Supplies for dying wool
Supplies for dying wool
Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden
Un Danzante con flore immortal
Un Danzante con flore immortal
Chest with Our Lady of Guadalupe
Chest with Our Lady of Guadalupe
El Danzante como una calavera
El Danzante como una calavera
Doorway
Doorway
La Virgen de Guadalupe
La Virgen de Guadalupe
Cleaning up
Cleaning up
El Mercado
El Mercado
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