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Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Mexico is one of the countries in the world which has such a cultural wealth, of which it can be mentioned some traditions that had transcended for thousand years, and one of the most representatives is, without any doubt, the Day of the Dead celebration.

One of the main places that still keeps this tradition, which is such an icon of Mexican culture, is the state of Michoacán and specifically the town of Pátzcuaro. Where the main event during the Day of the Dead festivities is La Velación, which takes place in the lake of Pátzcuaro between October 31st and November 2nd. This celebration attracts thousands of visitors each year, since besides the traditional altars and offerings, there are art exhibitions, concerts, workshops, cultural tours and gastronomical displays.

Thanks to meaning and history of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, UNESCO has recognized this celebration as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2003.

The rituals of the Day of the Dead in Pátzcuaro are held in two parts, as on November 1st the memory of those who died being children is honored and on November 2nd, to the grown up ones, and this is done on more than 20 towns around here. And it consists on a procession on the night of November 1st, in which the whole town gets on board of canoes lit with thousands of candles and on them they carry too dishes, drinks and the music their beloved ones used to like. This is one of the most representative spectacles in Pátzcuaro, since the lake enlightens in such way while the singing and praying convey in an indescribable energy.

In the zone of Janitzio, which is one of the islets, the rite starts with the duck hunting, although on the latest years it has decreased because it is an endangered specie, and then women cook different dishes with it, which later will be part of the offering to the dead.

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