Celebrating Death as Mexicans / Celebrando a la Muerte como Mexicanos

Mexico is about to celebrate the Day of the Dead, once again, as it has been done since before Christopher Columbus arrived in our lands. And Puerto Vallarta is no exception. Puerto Vallarta´s Tourism Office announced that there will be a whole series of events around this celebration; from gastronomic events to emblematic representations of the Day of the Dead in different public spaces.

The malecon amphitheater will have musical and folk events that will be the ideal pretext to visit the altars of the dead that are mounted every year around the City Hall building. On thhe main day, November 2nd, a gastronomic Mexican show will take place, as well as a traditional Catrina contest.

The purpose of these activities in our country is to preserve the tradition of commemorating the dead under the celebrations that characterize our artistic, musical and cultural Mexican spirit. A great example of this is La Catrina, a figure created by the painter Jose Guadalupe Posada with the idea of portraying in the dead the misery and the errors of the politicians, as well as the hypocrisy of the Mexican society of that time (1850).

In the following page you will find more events alluding the Day of the Dead that will take place in different parts of our city: https://es-la.facebook.com/diademuertospv/

México está a punto de celebrar el día de muertos, una vez más, como se hace desde antes de la llegada de Cristobal Colón a nuestras tierras. Y Puerto Vallarta no es la excepción. El Fideicomiso de Turismo de nuestra ciudad dio a conocer que habrá toda una serie de eventos alrededor de este festejo; desde eventos gastronómicos hasta representaciones emblemáticas de la celebración en distintos espacios públicos.

Los arcos del malecón tendrá presentaciones musicales y folclóricas que serán el pretexto ideal para visitar los altares de muertos que se montan cada año alrededor de la Presidencia Municipal. El día principal será el 2 de noviembre cuando se llevará a cabo una muestra gastronómica mexicana, así como un tradicional concurso de catrinas.

La intención de estas actividades en nuestro país es conservar la tradición de conmemorar a los muertos bajo las celebraciones que caracterizan nuestro espíritu mexicano, artístico, musical y cultural. Un gran ejemplo de ello es La Catrina, figura creada por el pintor José Guadalupe Posada con el propósito de retratar en la muerte la miseria y los errores de los políticos, así como la hipocresía de la sociedad mexicana de esa época (1850).

En la siguiente página encontrarás más eventos alusivos al Día de Muertos que se llevarán a cabo en distintos puntos de nuestra ciudad: https://es-la.facebook.com/diademuertospv/

Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead

Feliz día de los muertos

Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is around the corner with a whole range of activities in Puerto Vallarta for the joy of Mexicans and national and international tourists. The day of the dead in Mexico is celebrated throughout traditions involving folk art such as parades, exhibitions, food, live music among other activities.

One of the most traditional activities to celebrate is building an altar to celebrate the lives of those who have already died. For several years now, these altars are placed in different parts of our city. This year, there will be altars on the malecon and around the city hall. Dead altars will be ready from October 30th.

And certainly, you cannot miss the Day of the Dead festival that will take place next to the Municipal Market of downtown on November 2nd. Starting at 7 pm, this festival includes the participation of the renowned dance troupe Xiutla that has prepared a special show for this day. There also will be a contest of catrinas (skeleton of the female dandy) made with paper mache and fireworks. For more information and activities, go to https://www.facebook.com/diademuertospv

La celebración mexicana de Día de Muertos está a la vuelta de la esquina y con ello toda una serie de actividades en Puerto Vallarta que lo mismo podrán ser disfrutadas por mexicanos que por visitantes nacionales e internacionales. El día de muertos en México se festeja a través de tradiciones que involucran el arte popular con desfiles, exposiciones, gastronomía, música en vivo, entre otras actividades.

Una de las actividades de mayor tradición para celebrar el día de muertos es la elaboración de altares de muerto que desde hace años se exponen en distintos puntos de nuestra ciudad. Este año, habrá altares de muerto en varios puntos del centro de nuestra ciudad incluyendo el malecón y alrededor de la Presidencia Municipal. Los altares de muerto estarán listos desde el día 30 de Octubre.

Y, sin duda, no se pueden perder el festival de Día de Muertos que se llevará a cabo al lado del Mercado Municipal del centro de Puerto Vallarta el día 2 de Noviembre a partir de las 7 pm, el cual incluye la participación del renombrado Ballet Folclórico Xiutla con un show especial sobre el día de muertos, un concurso de catrinas elaboradas con papel maché y juegos pirotécnicos. Para mayor información y actividades, visita https://www.facebook.com/diademuertospv

Día de Muertos
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Halloween… an Adopted Tradition in México

Halloween... and Adopted Tradition in Mexico

Halloween is a night of fantasy and mystery where everything related to the world of the dead and the paranormal phenomenon are remembered and represented; it’s one of the spookiest and mocking festivities in history. This festivity mainly takes places in the United States, Mexico and Canada the night of October 31st., although its world famous thanks to the Hollywood movie industry. It’s so special and unique that throughout history it’s been captured on film and literature reflected till this day.

Halloween... an Adopted Tradition in Mexico For several decades, with increasing force, Mexico celebrates more and more the Halloween festivities since it falls perfectly with the traditional festivities of the Day of the Dead which takes place the 1st. and 2nd. of November. It’s very common to see in businesses and houses the traditional orange and black colors, even pumpkins and all related to this day. Children come out early afternoon  to the streets asking for their “trick or treat” door by door along the way, at night many clubs and bars have special Halloween parties presenting a costume contest  where the prices are normally very tempting.

Among the most representative symbols of Halloween there are:

Halloween... an Adopted Tradition in Mexico
  • Candies
  • Witches
  • Black Cats
  • Cemeteries
  • Owls
  • Vampires
  • Masks
  • Pumpkins
  • Ghosts
  • Skulls
  • Full Moon
  • Ravens

 

This is a night to have fun with all the variety of scary character personifications which is simply an inoffensive mockery of the dead, for others it’s just a humorous impressions of well known personalities, if you are the kind of person who prefers to stay home grant no surprise in getting knocked on your door with the famous phrase “Trick or Treat”!
Funny Pumpkins