On Location For The Ultimate Day Of The Dead Experience In Mexico. watch On Location For The Ultimate Day Of The Dead Experience In Mexico. In travel, people love to hyperbolize about once-in-a-lifetime experiences but here’s one perhaps best described as once-in-a-lifetime-after-a lifetime. The Day of the Dead Fiesta in San Miguel de Allende, unfolding this week here in Central Mexico, is an epic celebration of the hereafter and then some, and it’s a destination event that’s been on my wanderlust to-do list for ages.
My wife and I went all in for the adventure this year. We’ve been eyeing Dia de los Muertos the way people do when big birthdays are on the horizon, as they are for us, which translates as: Bring it on, skeleton parade! Let’s party like there’s no tomorrow. In central and southern Mexico, Day of the Dead is a big-deal holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2 with fond remembrances of family members who’ve passed on. It coincides with All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day traditions within the Catholic church but fuses much older elements as well. Despite the macabre theme, the holiday is actually a joyful one as parades and performances on November 1 culminate at midnight. That’s when the gates of heaven are said to open to allow the spirits of deceased children, or angelitos, to mingle again with their families for 24 hours.