Day of the Dead is a special time of year in Oaxaca. It’s customary to set up altars and sand tapestries, decorate the graves of loved ones, and maintain a vigil in the cemetery. There are also fun costumed celebrations known as comparsas. Although many people are familiar with the skulls and skeletons, and all the outward displays of this holiday, it is actually a very heartfelt observance that in its own way encompasses the fun of Halloween and the family togetherness of Thanksgiving; it also serves as a gentle reminder that our time here is limited and we should make the most of it while we’re here, and enjoy every moment.
In 2020, all public celebrations in Oaxaca City are officially canceled. People will still set up altars in their homes and welcome the spirits of their family and friends who have passed away in private observances.
If you would like to learn more about how Day of the Dead is celebrated in Oaxaca, its origins and history, and the significance of the holiday to the people of Oaxaca, join us for a special Day of the Dead Virtual Experience. We guarantee this will be a fun and informative interactive session! A knowledgeable guide will accompany you as you learn about the special way this holiday is celebrated and there will be time for questions and discussion.
This virtual experience will be conducted via Zoom. You’ll need a device with Zoom installed, and an internet connection with the bandwidth to stream audio and video in order to participate. A link and details on how to join will be sent to you the day before your experience.
Cost: The cost for this event is $20 US per person, plus fees. There are several dates and times to accommodate people in different time zones.
Duration: The duration is approximately 90 minutes.
Age: This event is geared toward attendees aged 13 and up, but we would be happy to organize a presentation for younger attendees on request.
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