When the people of San Antonino Castillo Velasco celebrate, they  decorate the tombs with tapetes of flowers:  paintings created entirely of whole flowers, flower petals, and flower buds.  

Families will work for most of the afternoon breaking down marigold flowers to separate the petals.  They will use the buds and petals to create masterful designs and colorful rug-like paintings using 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 spectacular. More so perhaps when you see that all the paintings are done with flowers.
San Antonino Castillo Velasco is a flower growing village in Oaxaca, Mexico where the Day of the Dead festival is celebrated after the commerce in cemetery flowers is completed.
San Antonino Castillo Velasco delays its celebration because the village provides the tons of flowers that decorate the graveyards in the other villages of Oaxaca.
The families of San Antonino delay until the commerce in flowers is done  but once they begin, they create extraodinary works of art with flowers.  The families of San Antonino go the cemetery and use the marigold flower  its petals and the petals of other flowers to create tapestries of flowers on the grave sites.  They then lay a trail of marigold petals to the grave to entice the spirits to return.
Although the Day Of The Dead ceremony is steeped in ritual and history, not all villages celebrate the  festival on the same day.  In San Antonino Castillo Velasco 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.  Most of the farmers of San Antonino Castillo Velasco are engaged in growing and selling flowers during the last week of October.  The village therefore celebrates later. They decorate primarily with flowers used much like sand painting to create a tapestry of flowers.
In San Antonino Castillo Velasco the families prepare for this three-day annual festival of honoring the spirits at graveside a week or so after every other village holds their celebration.  The people must celebrate a few days later than all the rest because 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.
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  • San Antonino Castillo Velasco Day Of The Dead,  Cemetery visit Transportation  
San Antonino Castillo Velasco Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or auto.  
Cemetery visits occur on about a week after the October 31 traditional visits in the other villages.  
  • Guided Cemetery Tours
First time visitors are best off checking 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, and most importantly, they transport you on your return..
  • Self Guided Tour
Visitors can also reach San Antonino Castillo Velasco by taxi, collective taxi, or bus.   The village is on road to Ocotlan de Morelos (not Xoxocotlan)  
Arrange for your return with the driver or check for taxi service in San Antonino via collective taxi or regular taxi.  It could be difficult to find transportation later in the evening.  Bus service on the main road to Ocotlan de Morelos will end around eleven pm.
How To Reach the Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico Cemeteries for Visits
San Antonino Castillo Velasco holds its Day of the Dead celebration a week after the other village cemeteries.  
In San Antonino Castillo Velasco the families create tapestries of flowers with flower petals and whole flowers on the grave site.
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