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Day of the Dead, Atzompa,  Oaxaca
Day of the Dead,  Atzompa, November Celebration In the Village of Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico  
The Day of the Dead celebration in Atzompa will include live bands that will play at the cemetery.
The Day of the Dead Festival is one of Oaxaca's
most important celebrations, rivaling only Easter and Christmas in importance.
On the three-day
November Day of the Dead holiday, family members return to their home village to join in the preparation of the graveyards and tombs for the return of the spirits.  In Atzompa,a village of ceramic artists and ceramic production workshops, pottery will be part of the tomb decorations.
Marigold flowers play an important role in decorating the tombs at Atzompa along with candles.
A visit to the Atzompa cemetery near Oaxaca City on the last night of October can be a magical time because of the thousands of large white candles, and like the other village cemeteries, the pungent scent of marigold flowers, and the essence of burning copal incense.  
Atzompa is different, however, in that the music played from a stage will include salsa music and other lively, modern music.  
Atzompa, like all the villages, celebrates in its own unique way.  Atzompa is also unusual in that its cemetery vigil will start late and will last until daylight.
  • Atzompa, October 31

The Village of Atzompa in Oaxaca, Mexico celebrates its
Day of the Dead on the last night of October.  The people
of Atzompa make their cemetery visit late in the night and
stay until morning.
By 11 pm the cemetery starts to fill with candlelight and the
aroma of copal incense mixed with the
scent of marigold flowers.
Atzompa Cemetery  Celebration In Oaxaca, Mexico continues until Sunrise
Atzompa is a town of ceramic artists and artisans where the cemetery  celebration will involve pottery and large white candles as decorations at the graves.  The people of Atzompa will stay at the cemetery until sunrise
Atzompa will include live bands that will play at the cemetery. The people of Atzompa will have a traditional meal and then go to the cemetery late in the evening of October 31 for the all night vigil  of  Day of the Dead
Families will build a home altar and leave offerings for the spirits that include all the virtues and vices that the departed might have enjoyed in life.
At around 11 in the evening, the people of Atzompa will go to the cemetery and clean and prepare the graves. They will  leave offerings along with flowers and candles to guide the spirits on their return.
Atzompa is at the foot of the ancient stone city of Monte Alban and has long been a village of ceramic manufacture.
Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Cemetery Visits in the Oaxaca City Area

October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cementario Viejo, and the new Cementario Nuevo.  Reach Xoxocotlon by public bus, taxi, collective, tour bus.

October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil, starting around 11 pm and continuing until dawn.

Day of the Dead November 1,
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city.  Regional offering tables displayed
Tlaixtac de Cabrera, six miles south east of Oaxaca City

San Felipe del Agua, north of Oaxaca City November 2
Village of San Antonino Castillo Velasco
 A flower growing village that celebrates as much as a week after the other villages hold their Day of the Dead celebration.
The Day of the Dead celebration in the Village of Atzompa starts at 11 pm and lasts all night. The November Celebration In the Village of Atzompa, near the City of Oaxaca, is accompanied by bands and festive music.  
Day of the Dead,  Atzompa Cemetery, November Celebration In the Village of Atzompa, Oaxaca,
Candle for Lorraine's friend Susan
The Day of the Dead Celebration at  the  Atzompa Cemetery, starts the evening of October 31   
Celebration In the Village of Atzompa, Oaxaca,
November 2010
Candle for Susan at Atzompa Cemetery
Day of the Dead,  Atzompa Cemetery, November Celebration In the Village of Atzompa, Oaxaca,
To Reach Atzompa:
The best bet is by Taxi from Oaxaca City.  Arrange with the
driver for a pick up at the time of your intended return.
 Otherwise inquire at tour offices about transportation
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
  • Day Of The Dead,  Reach the Cemeteries:  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or car.  Cemetery visits occur on October 31, November 1 and Nov. 2nd.  
  • Guided Cemetery Tours
First time visitors are best off with one of the many Oaxaca Tour Agencies such as Borroco Tours located on Garcia Vigil  (street)  They arrange small or large group van and bus tours for visitors to the villages.  They guide you in the cemetery, help you make photos, and provide local information about the event.
  • Self Guided Tour
Otherwise the best option is taxi, collective taxi, or bus to the village.  Arrange for your return or determine the loading place at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.  
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico, Cemetery Visits Transportation

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