La Casa de Mis Recuerdos

Day of the Dead Activities 2015

To non Mexicans, the Day of the Dead activities may sound rather macabre, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact this festival demonstrates the average Mexicans love and respect for their ancestors and dearly departed.

It all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico, who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry. The event is held in graveyards across Mexico, allowing people to commune with deceased family members, not in a somber fashion, but with a joyful sense of reunion.

Deceased children (known as little angels) are remembered on November 1st (All Saints' Day), while adults are remembered on November 2nd (All Souls' Day). During the previous week, vendors set up stalls selling sugar candies in the shape of skeletons, skulls, coffins and tombs. Families create altars in their homes, with flowers, candles, religious amulets and photographs of the dead.

Adult graves are adorned with offerings of the deceased's favorite possessions, foods, alcohol or cigarettes, and are profusely decorated with colorful flowers, particularly marigolds, which are believed to guide the spirits of loved ones home. Children's graves have toys placed upon them, and are covered with colorful streamers and balloons.

 

Graveyards are crowded during the event. At 6:00 PM, the bells begin to ring every 30 seconds, summoning the deceased. Entire families may stand vigil throughout the night, ensuring they will be recognized when their dearly departed arrive to partake of the feast offered them. The following day, after the spirits have had their fill, what's left is consumed as part of an elaborate picnic.

There is story telling and laughter as the departed are remembered. Children romp around the tombs, munching on sugar skeletons and skulls, while adults sample pan de los muertos (bread of the dead). Who will be the lucky one to bite into the toy plastic skeleton hidden by the baker in each loaf?

Oaxaca is a special place to visit at any time of year, but being present during this unique festival will leave you with unforgettable memories. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this celebration for the deceased is the infusion of life given to its participants.

 

 

Calendar of Events
El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), 2015

 

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Price: $50.00 USD per person.

Tour of the world renown weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle

Demonstration from start to finish in the complex weaving process using all natural materials.
Enjoy the colorful indigenous market abounding with flowers and other colorful items to ready ones home for the day of the dead.
The tour will also take you to view thesmall, but impressive ruins of Lambityeco as well as a tour of a mezcal factory

Lunch not included.

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 25

Tour to Tlacolula, the ruins of Lambityeco, Teotitlan & a Mezcal Factory
Time: 10:00 AM - @ 4:00 PM

Lizard
Market
Rug assortment
Spinning Wheel
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Wednesday, Oct. 28th

 

Mole Negro Cooking Class. Traditional dish for Dia de los Muertos.
Time: 10:00 am
Price: $75.00 USD per person.
Includes:

  • Tour of the market Merced, where you will be shown how to select the correct ingredients for
     the days meal: Mole Negro (Black sauce)
  • Hands on class for preparing and mixing the ingredients.
  • Four course dinner, which will include Mole Negro and mezcal tasting,

Please Contact us for reservations. You do not need to be our guest to participate in any of the listed activities. Everyone is invited.

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Mole Negro
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Friday, Oct. 30th

 

Mole Negro Cooking Class. Traditional dish for Dia de los Muertos.
Time: 10:00 am
Price: $75.00 USD per person.
Includes:

  • Tour of the market Merced, where you will be shown how to select the correct ingredients for
     the days meal: Mole Negro (Black sauce)
  • Hands on class for preparing and mixing the ingredients.
  • Four course dinner, which will include Mole Negro and mezcal tasting,

Please Contact us for reservations. You do not need to be our guest to participate in any of the listed activities. Everyone is invited.

Mole Negro Tamale
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Friday, Oct. 30th

Construction of the Family Altar

Activity is Full !

Time: 5:30 PM
Meeting Place: Encanto Jalatlaco B&B
Price: $25.00 USD per person.

You will assist in the forming of the altar where the placement of carefully selected items will make a pleasant environment for the loved ones who have passed on to return and visit. To personalize each altar photos of the ones who have passed on are placed with items they had enjoyed while on earth. Please feel free to bring photos or mementos of those you loved and place them on the altar along with the others.

Altar almost Complete
Night View

 

Saturday, Oct. 31st

 

 

Mole Negro Cooking Class. Traditional dish for Dia de los Muertos.
Time: 10:00 am
Price: $75.00 USD per person.
Includes:

  • Tour of the market Merced, where you will be shown how to select the correct ingredients for
     the days meal: Mole Negro (Black sauce)
  • Hands on class for preparing and mixing the ingredients.
  • Four course dinner, which will include Mole Negro and mezcal tasting,

Please Contact us for reservations. You do not need to be our guest to participate in any of the listed activities. Everyone is invited.

Mole Negro
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Saturday, Oct. 31st


Tour of the Cemetery at Xoxocotlan
Time: 6:30 PM - @ 10:30 PM
Price: $55.00
USD per person Includes:

Everyone meets at our B&B La Casa de Mis Recuerdos.
Tour of the cemetery located in Xoxocotlan
Round trip transportation in late model passenger van
Tour of the cemetery with explanations. Bring your camera. This will be a fantastic photo opportunity!
Return to a central location around 10:30 P.M.

 

Saturday, Oct. 31st

Tour of the Cemetery at Santa Maria Atzompa

Time:11:30 PM - @ 1:30 AM
Price: $50.00 USD per person Includes:

Tour of the cemetery located at Atzompa
Round trip transportation in late model passenger van
Tour of the cemetery with explanations. Bring your camera. This will be a fantastic photo opportunity!
Return to a central location around 1:30 A.M.

 

Surprise Guest
Contemplation

 

Sunday, Nov. 01

Jalatlaco Comparsa & Dinner

Time: 7:00 PM - @ 11:00 PM
Location: Alma de mi Tierra
Price: $70.00 USD per person Includes:

Dinner is Full !


Your fun filled evening will start by enjoying a relaxing four course dinner prepared by Nora. Your typical Oaxacan meal will include a soup, appetizer, home-made salsas, refreshments, main course and dessert. Each diner will also have the option of an accompanying wine, beer or Mezcal depending on the dish being prepared for you that evening..
After your meal you are invited to observe or participate, in the comparsa in our neighborhood of Jalatlaco. You will be privy to witness the traditions of the local Comparsa (The comparsa is similar to Carnival), where the inhabitants join together and parade, some in costume, others in large paper mache human-like figures, through the streets laughing, singing, drinking and eating, all with the non-stop sound of fireworks. and band music. A perfect time to just have fun, relax and join in on the festivities. The comparsa last all through the night so your dinner will start you off with enough energy!

Comparsa Notice

 

 

Monday, Nov. 02
Cemetery of San Miguel and San Felipe del Agua
Time: 5:00 PM - @ 9:30 PM
Price: $35.00 USD per person Includes:

In this small town North of the city of Oaxaca local family members will sit by the candle-lit graves sites to accompany the spirits of the loved ones when they return. Bandas rove through the cemetery playing at will or special request. Food and drink are shared with all. Mezcal is passed around freely amongst family, friends band members and passer-by ers.

  • •Round trip transportation in late model passenger van.
  • •Tour of the small but colorful cemetery.

 

Monday, Nov. 03


Tour of the cemetery at San Antonino Castillo Velasco/Dinner

Time: 3:30 PM - @ 11:00 PM


Price: $75.00 USD per person Includes:

You will be guided through this magnificent graveyard where not only are the graves decorated to welcome the spirits, but also for the hope of winning the competition of "best decorated grave site". Many hours of love are poured into adorning the graves and the view is spectacular. Bring your camera. This will be a fantastic photo opportunity!
After the cemetery we will partake of a special dinner prepared just for our group in a private home. Your host this evening has a very popular and famous food stall at the market of Octolan. You will be privileged to experience her culinary skills in her own home.

Round trip transportation in late model passenger van.
Return to La Casa de Mis Recuerdos around 11:00 p.m.

Dinner included. *

 

Grave sites at San Antonino

 

* Alcoholic beverages not included where indicated


Please Contact us for reservations. You do not need to be a guest at our B&B to participate in any of the above activities. These activities are open to all.

 

La Casa de Mis Recuerdos
Bed and Breakfast Inns
Pino Suarez # 508,
Oaxaca, Oax. México C.P. 68000

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