2018 Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta

Dia de Los Muertos is a unique Mexican holiday celebrated by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world that honors and respects loved ones who have passed on. In Puerto Vallarta and throughout Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos festivities begin on October 31st and last through November 2nd. Known as “Day of the Dead” in English, Dia de Los Muertos celebrations are a wonderful opportunity for the family to gather together to pay homage to loved ones who have passed away. Together, the family of the deceased lovingly creates altars, which are called ofrendas in Spanish, in their homes and at the gravesite of the deceased. Altars and ofrendas are believed to help offer support to the deceased to safely guide them on their spiritual journey into the afterlife.

Dia De Los Muertos – Where it All Began

Did you know that Dia De Los Muertos celebrations originally took place during the summer months?  With origins in ancient pre-Columbian traditions that honored their deceased ancestors, Dia de Los Muertos practices have been observed for as long as long as 2,500–3,000 years. However, when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, Dia de los Muertos celebrations were moved from summertime to the fall.  Events begin on October 31st and last through November 1st and November 2nd with November 2nd being the official Dia de Los Muertos day. The date change was implemented in order to coincide with Western Christianity traditions of All Saints Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. 

Create Altars with Photos, Candles, Flowers And Food

In modern times, Dia de Los Muertos continues to be an important celebration in Mexican culture.  A huge part of family tradition for centuries, Dia de Los Muertos is a special time for families and friends to come together to remember those who have passed on. Dia de Los Muertos altars, known as ofrendas in Spanish, are intricately constructed and personalized to reflect things that the deceased loved. Altars are typically decorated with calaveras or skulls, bright and beautiful aztec marigold flowers, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed.   The centerpiece of the altar is a photo of the loved one, and families will spend many hours and sometimes stay overnight at the altar site talking about and remembering their loved one.

Puerto Vallarta’s Dia de Los Muertos Events  

Will you be vacationing in Puerto Vallarta this year during Dia de Los Muertos? If so, you will be treated to vibrant celebrations and will get to see colorful and unique Dia de Los Muertos decorations around town. One event to attend is the Fiesta en la Calle, held in the street outside Los Muertos Brewing Company on Lazaro Cardenas and Calle Constitución. The 7th annual Fiesta en la Calle will be a family friendly event held on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 1pm to 11pm featuring live entertainment and food and drink specials. The lively and upbeat ambiance and experience is something you will enjoy and remember for years to come.  

Make sure to attend this year’s 2019 Fiesta en la Calle event in Puerto Vallarta honoring the Dia de los Muertos tradition. Back in your own home, you can even create your own Dia de Los Muertos altar and participate in this beautiful tradition that honors your loved ones that have passed on.