The Riviera Nayarit celebrates Dia de los Muertos
On the Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos celebrates and in all of Mexico, people are creating elaborate decorations to celebrate their deceased loved ones on a very celebrated Mexico holiday called Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is on November 1st and 2nd.
Every pueblo on the Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos celebrations will be in the cemetery and or the town square.
November first is the day that celebrates those who died as children and is called the “Day of the Little Angels” or All Saints Day, and November second is to celebrate the adults, and is also known as All Souls Day.
This 3000 year old ritual initially began in August, the 9th month of the Aztec Solar Calendar, and celebrated for the entire month honoring the dead. This tradition continues today on the Riviera Nayarit and all of Mexico as families make altars in honor of a family member or loved one, or an outstanding community member that has benefited society.
The Mexican Afterlife
On the Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos for many Mexicans in Mexico have a different view of the afterlife, keeping your identity when you die, and return for this day, the Dia de los Muertos. Many elaborate alters with different painted skeletons and skulls are dressed up to honor their loved ones. This shows respect and that they are not forgotten. The alters are a way to guide the spirits home. People also dress up like Catrina or skeletons as part of the celebration with amazing make-up and lavish costumes.
This is the reason why you see the Mexican folk art of the skeletons or calacas, which are sold everywhere all over the Riviera Nayarit and Mexico. These skeletons are made out of chocolate and sugar and paper mache. Some well known Mexican Folk Artists create very elaborate altars,often signing their artwork.
The elements are important in an altar, which are water, earth and salt. Alters are constructed in many layers. On one side of the altar clothing from the deceased is laid out, and in the center of the first level a photograph with a path to the earth, incense and colored paper that symbolize the life and death aspects. Skulls, candles and marigolds are placed at the altar, along with water, fruit, bread and corn for the offering and the feast along with music.
The Beautiful Catrina
La Catrina, or also la Flaca, la Huesuda, la Pelona are a fixture throughout the Riviera Nayarit and all of Mexico. You will these skeletons everywhere dressed up in many different elaborate costumes. Beautiful collectors items, Catrina’s make a wonderful piece of Mexican Folk Art for your home or a terrific gift for a friend. She is not a fancy model…this lady is la Muerte….a that is a lady of death!
There is a lot of creativity, time and energy put into the making of a Dia de los Muertos altar, and often contests are held. Here are some celebrations taking place along the Riviera Nayarit .
There are alters at all of the pueblo cemeteries, and visit the local churches, and there is usually altars in the town plazas. Listed below are some of the towns events along the Riviera Nayarit, Dia de los Muertos style.
Get out this season and enjoy the Mexican culture, and celebrate your dead this season!
Celebrations Along the Riviera Nayarit
The Bucerias community is having a Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos celebration in the main town plaza on November 2nd this year. The BBCC (Bucerias Bilingual Community Center) was asked to join in on the celebrations and to make an alter as part of the town initiative.
The BBCC will be starting work on the altar around 9am and later in the day will be ready to receive visitors who will be able to buy the BEST POZOLE in town! The display will be on for 2 days. Information on what classes, events and workshops happening this season will be available to people who wish to volunteer. The BBCC can use your support, and have many different avenues for that! All of the alters will be fun to see and honor in Bucerias!
Sayulita Mexico has a few things going on for Halloween and a Riviera Nayarit Dia de la Muertos Celebrations.
This Halloween night on Wednesday at Colegio Costa Verde, they are having a celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! All ages welcome!
The Costa Verde School is located on the main avenue coming into town before the bridge on the right hand side of the street.
I have heard that this is a pretty good haunted house, so get ready for some scary screaming fun!
The second Day of the Dead Festival at the Sayulita Town Square
On the Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd is being celebrated at the Sayulita Town Square with live music and dance this season. This is a two day event on November 1st, and 2nd, with both days starting at 7:30pm. This is the second Dia de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) Festival Event at the the town square.
November 1st there will be altars and projects in the Main Town Square with lots of treats for the children.
On November 2nd, the Danza Mexicana party gets going with the Los Tikkilyches, Son de Afuera, which is going to be a special treat! So get ready to get your goove on! Along with awards for the best altars. Also, there will be a show of Prehispanic Dance which will be wonderful entertainment for all ages.
Some of the photos used in this post are from last years event, and sent by Alyssa Adams. Thanks so much Alyssa! See you at the town square!
San Pancho Events
San Pancho has some fun events this year for a fun Riviera Nayarit Dia de Los Muertos party.
Come Celebrate on the Riviera Nayarit Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Restaurant Row San Pancho, highlighting the San Pancho restaurants. This Friday, November 2nd, the party on the playa starts at 7pm ending at 11pm, and we will be having a sunset torch lighting, along with a Ballet Folkrico at the San Pancho Malecon, where Main street meets the sea. Dress up in a traditional Costume, Calavera or Catrina and get a free Tequila.
There are 12 participating San Pancho Restaurants that will have specials on some tasty food, and there will be live entertainment. Dress up and come and enjoy the live entertainment, and eat delicious food to your hearts content. Hope to see you there!
Entreamigos’ Celebration of Life
Entreamigos has prepared a week full of activities to learn everything about the day of the dead. Join us in this unique Mexican celebration of life on the Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos.
Day of the dead: History and significance, Monday, October 29th, 6PM
Spanish School presents the first of a series of amazing cultural events. July Aquino will share with us the history behind this exceptional Mexican ritual, the meaning of all the elements involved, and how to make our own altar.
Day of the dead in pictures,
Monday, October 29th, 7PM
Photographer Tara Gimmer will share with us her vision of this traditional day. Enjoy extraordinary images captured by Tara in Patzcuaro and different places of Mexico.
Children art workshop: Papel picado, Tuesday, October 30th, 3PM
Kids will make colorful decorations for our day of the dead ceremony and understand what they represent in the day of the dead altar.
Cooking class: Make your own pan de muertos, Wednesday, October 31st, 2PM
Learn how to make this delicious and ancestral Mexican dessert with Estibaliz at entreamigos kitchen. Children and adults are welcome!
1st Annual Entreamigos Altar Contest, Thursday, November 1st, 12PM
Make your altar with entreamigos. Be a part of our day of the dead celebration, create your altar and share it with the community… a one in a life time experience!
*All altars will be posted on entreamigos website and facebook page. Share it with friends and family, the
altar that gets more likes will receive a special treat from entreamigos!
Day of the dead celebration, in loving memory of Richard Lamping,
Thursday, November 1st, 8PM
Entreamigos is dedicating this day of the dead celebration to the life of a beloved friend: Richard Lamping. Richard spent more than 20 years living in the community of San Pancho. He knew the name of everyone young and old, foreigner and local to San Pancho. He was always generous of heart and laughter and could be found walking or riding his bike all over town, joining in or adding to the latest of the local chismes.
He especially loved the kids and was a wonderful friend to all!
See all the altars and share with us some pan de muerto and chocolate at Entreamigos.
La Penita Events
La Penita celebrates on the Riviera Nayarit Dia de los Muertos celebrations at restaurants, the town square and churches.
Xaltemba Restaurant and Gallery
Its that time of year again as Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria opens their doors for their 6th year of business in La Penita on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
They opened on October 30th, with their big party and seasonal opening on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2nd, serving wonderful appetizers and drinks at the Xaltemba Galeria located across from the Xaltemba Restaurant.
Come on over and celebrate life with Eddie and Roberto at Xaltemba Restaurant and Galeria this season, as it’s aligned this year with Dia de la Muerto, the Day of the Dead.
Its always fun and an event to remember as the season gets started!
Be sure to visit the local churches and the main town plaza for on-going events and amazing alters.
Visit the Riviera Nayarit for Dia de los Muertos, (the Day of the Dead) where the Riviera Nayarit celebrate with the amazing works of Mexican art on the pacific coast and throughout all of beautiful Mexico.