Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

Tag Archives: Día de los Muertos

Last weekend I went downtown to see some of the ofrendas (altars to the dead) that were already up. It’s one of my favorite things to do in October!

The history of Puebla's cathedral in an ofrenda. All the skeletons are dressed as nuns and monks!

The history of Puebla’s cathedral in an ofrenda. All the skeletons are dressed as nuns and monks!

LEgend has it that angels helped put the Cathedral's bells in its towers.

LEgend has it that angels helped put the Cathedral’s bells in its towers.

The "voladores de Papantla" perform at many archeological sites, in an impressive ritual that involves swinging around a pole from their feet.

The “voladores de Papantla” perform at many archeological sites, in an impressive ritual that involves swinging around a pole from their feet.

I wasn't completely sure what this ofrenda was about, but it was based on a historical event in Puebla (I just don't know which one).

I wasn’t completely sure what this ofrenda was about, but it was based on a historical event in Puebla (I just don’t know which one).

Boo!

Boo!

It's unusual to see a skeletal giraffe (!), but this ofrenda was more of an ad for Africam Safari, an open-air zoo outside Puebla.

It’s unusual to see a skeletal giraffe (!), but this ofrenda was more of an ad for Africam Safari, an open-air zoo outside Puebla.


We just celebrated Halloween at my school today, but it’s also Day of the Dead! Technically the dates are Oct. 28th, 31st, Nov. 1st and 2nd. So get your calavera (candy skull), your hojaldra (sweet bread with a “skull and bones” on top), and a candle and some cempasúchil (marigolds, which guide the spirits), and you’re ready. If you want to go all out, head to Huaquechula in Puebla state to see how it’s done.

A field of cempasúchil, and Cholula's pyramid and church in the background.

A field of cempasúchil, and Cholula’s pyramid and church in the background.

My coworker passed these out to her students.

My coworker passed these out to her students.

A miniature chocolate skull!

A miniature chocolate skull!