San Antonio Tecomitl
Experience the Day of the Dead at the Cemetery in San Antonio Tecomitl
Panteon San Antonio Tecomitl, Milpa Alta, Mexico
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Day of the Dead
After we visited San Pedtro Atocpan on the tour with Pata de Perro DF on 2nd November.
We toured the cemetery at the second town, San Antonio Tecomitl, on the Day of the Dead.
The entrance to the cemetery is decorated with skulls and skeletons for the Day of the Dead
Panteon San Antonio Tecomitl
A girl rides a horse through the cemetery
You can walk around the cemetery. And, you can see how the Day of the Dead is celebrated, and the graves are decorated.
The flowers consisted of many yellow and orange colored marigolds. And, there were other flowers, too.
Other decorations include skulls and skeletons, balloons, candles, incense, and crosses.
You can see family and friends decorating the graves. And, they sit by the graves as they join the departed on their spiritual journey.
The Mariachi moved around the cemetery and performed for different groups.
We were there during sunset.
Children's graves decorated for the Day of the Dead
The graves decorated for the Day of the Dead
Sunset at the cemetery
Day of the Dead Altar
Altar ~ Ofrenda
Altars are also made in places like people's homes, churches, hotels, and workplaces.
We stood in a circle at the end of our visit to the cemetery. And, we were asked to share what we would like on an altar dedicated to ourselves.
Think about what you would like to have on an altar.
Tips for Visiting Mexico City
- Learn Spanish for travel. For instance, we needed to be able to speak Spanish to buy tickets at the train station. We are grateful to find a lady who bought our tickets and directed us to the correct platform.
- Catch official taxis at taxi ranks only. We are grateful to have found taxi drivers who spoke English at the official taxi ranks.
- Ask the taxi driver how much the fare will cost upfront. So that, you make sure you have the cash in Mexican Pesos to pay for the ride. I had to show the taxi driver that we had enough cash so that they would take us to our destination.
- Plan and Book tours with English-speaking guides especially if you are not fluent in Spanish. Check that you have an English-speaking guide because we booked an English-speaking tour and were on a tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. So, it caused some confusion.
- Don't say you are lost.
- If you are unsure what someone has said. Say you do not understand, and say it in English.
- You'll see W.C signs for toilets. Carry coins for these toilets. And, we used toilets at hotels and shopping centres.
- Carry toilet paper and disinfectant wipes.
- Hydrate with bottled water.
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