This time round we were lucky to end up celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a completely different vibe than St Miguel de Allende where we attended our first festival in 2015.

“A burgeoning cultural and culinary capital with a beautiful colonial core of lovely, tree-shaded streets, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. Artists and artisans alike are inspired by the area’s creative atmosphere, indigenous traditions and bright, clear light. Oaxaca has top-class museums, charming inns, fascinating markets and its own superb version of Mexican cuisine. The easygoing pace frequently breaks out into the fireworks of a fiesta, and there’s some brightly colored event unfolding in the streets or the Zócalo (Oaxaca’s lovely central square) almost every day.”
Cited Lonely Planet

Read about the previous year event 

Celebrating Day of the Dead is still a big part of Mexican culture and dead serious business for locals. The elderly lady was sitting quietly at the grave with chaos going on around her.

Dad at a childs grave. It is heartbreaking seeing parents at childrens graves.

It is said at this cemetery they lit a 1000 candles. It is quite a spectacle to witness.

Overall Dia de Muertos is a lively affair with marches and bands playing the streets everyday. People are dressed to kill wearing elaborate face paintings.


Although a serious festival it’s as much about love and fun.



  1. That is a must stop for me one day. Thanks for the post.

  2. You have to Eric you will really enjoy it!

  3. Yea, I hope I catch it when I do my trip next year, would love to see it.
    Great photos Michnus.

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