From haunted boat rides in Xochimilco to experience the legend of La Llorona to visiting the dead altars at Mixquic, or take a look to the light-show at Coyoacán or either more ofrendas and special contests at Museo Dolores Olmedo, visitors can immerse themselves in a Mexican tradition that dates back 3,000 years.
Day of the Dead was created to pay tribute to Mictecacihuatl or the Lady of the Dead. Today, this holiday is the most celebrated in the country when people come together to remember their friends and relatives who have passed away. Families also visit the graves of the deceased, decorating their tombstones with altars and bringing their favorite foods and drinks for them. Among the most traditional foods presented at the altars are pan de muerto -baked sweet bread with a bone-shaped surface-, sugar and chocolate skulls and esquites -corn kernels mixed with mayonnaise, chili powder and lemon juice.