Unlike other villagers, the people of San Antonino Velasco  decorate the tombs with tapetes of flowers
On the first and second of November in Oaxaca the all-night vigil at the graves and tombs is a candle-lit spectacle not to be missed. San Antonino's comes a week or so later but is no less spectacular. More so perhaps when you see that all the paintings are done with flowers.
Day Of The Dead Festival Of Flowers
During the Day of the Dead festival in Oaxaca, tons of flowers decorate the graveyards when the people of Oaxaca hold a cemetery vigil by candlelight at the decorated tombs.
  • Marigold Flowers
Marigold flowers are the most important of the flowers used.   The tons of flowers along with candles turn the cemeteries into magical places on the nights of October 31 and November 1 and 2. .   The decorating of altars (offerings) and sand paintings at the cemetery and the decorating of graves with marigolds and candles is a tradition that goes back before Hispanic times.  
Day of the Dead  Flower Village
The Day of the Dead festival is steeped in ritual and history, but  not all villages celebrate the  festival on the same day or in the same way.  
In San Antonino Velasco, for instance, the spirits of the departed  returning to the graves for the October festival of Dia de Muertos must wait until the commerce in cemetery flowers is completed before they can join the festival.

I f you visit San Antonino in the valley of Oaxaca you will see marigold flowers used to make tapestries of flowers placed on the grave sites.  San Antonino celebrates about a week after the traditional November 1 and 2.
In every village during this three-day annual festival of honoring the spirits at graveside, the marigold and other flowers play an important part.  In San Antonino  the people must celebrate a few days later than all the rest.  Most everyone in town is engaged in growing the flowers to supply all the other villages for the decorating of the tombs during the Day of the Dead festival; they therefore celebrate a week later.
The families build altars with marigold flowers and other offerings for the spirit. Some say a photo or painting of the departed must be on the altar or the wrong spirit could be attracted to the offerings. You therefore  will often see a photo of the deceased relative.  Often a trail of marigold flower petals will lead to the altar or grave.
The families of Oaxaca come to the cemetery  to decorate the graves with flowers  and then they hold a  cemetery vigil by candlelight
Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Cemetery Visits
October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cementario Viejo, and the new Cementario Nuevo.
October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil starting around 11 pm.

Day of the Dead November 1,
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city
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 a week after the others
During the Day of the Dead festival in Oaxaca, tons of flowers decorate the graveyards when the people of Oaxaca hold a cemetery vigil by candlelight at the decorated tombs.
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  • Day Of The Dead,  Cemetery visits Transportation  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or auto.  
Cemetery visits occur on October 31, November 1 and Nov. 2nd within a few miles of the city.  
  • 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
Visitors can also reach the cemeteries by taxi, collective taxi, or bus.   Arrange for your return with the driver or determine the loading place for the taxis and collective taxis at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.  Bus service will end around ten pm for some locations.  
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