Visit The Villages On The Day of the Dead In Oaxaca

Each village celebrates the Day of the Dead Festival in a different way but the three day November holiday usually brings families together to prepare the tombs for the return of the spirits.  
In Teotitlan del Valle for example, candles play an important role in decorating the tombs and home altars.  In The Village of Atzompa candles are also important.  
In San Agustino Castillo Velasco, flowers are the most common grave decoration because the village farmers grow flowers for the other villages.
In the village of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, six miles southeast of Oaxaca City, the visit to the cemetery includes strolling brass bands.  The people of the village decorate with thousands of candles and marigold flowers.
Families come to the graveyards to sit by the tombs and listen to music as they wait for the spirits to return.
In the Village of Xoxo, near Oaxaca City, flowers and candles decorate the tombs  and a common theme is the sand painting.  The scent of flowers, candles, and copal incense  make the Xoxocotlan's two  cemeteries mysterious places during the November vigil for the spirits. Your visit is welcome October 31
In the family-oriented villages all members will spend the day decorating the tomb. At the plaza in the village of Xoxo, near Oaxaca City,  the town usually builds a huge altar decorated with candles and flowers, fruit and candy,  a community effort to celebrate the Days of the Dead.
In the cemetery of Xoxocotlan, families prepare the tombs by cleaning and decorating them with candles and flowers. They sit by the tombs in a night vigil of waiting for the spirits of loved ones to return  Oct. 31
In the town of Tlalixtac south of Oaxaca City the families sit by
the decorated tombs while brass bands move through the cemetery
November 1
In the Etla Valley north of Oaxaca City, villagers stage a play in which they visit houses and on this one night, possessed by the spirits,  they can insult even the highest officials.
The Day Of The Dead in the villages of Oaxaca is something special.  The cemeteries blaze with thousands of candles as the people of the village sit by the gravestones in a night vigil as the scent of copal incense and marigold flowers fills the air.
The Days of the Dead  start in the afternoon of the last day in October when the families go to the cemetery to clean and decorate the tombs.
Storefront decorations for Day of the Dead Oaxaca,    
In the Village of Atzompa he celebration starts late in the evening of October 31 and goes until dawn
San Antonino Castillo Velasco  celebrates a week later than all the other villages.
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.
Teotitlan del Valle,  October 31

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 other villages
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    Day Of The Dead,  Village 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
  • 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.
For the Village of Teotitlan del Valle, which is in the valley near Tlacolula,  transportation back to the city of Oaxaca should be arranged beforehand.   
This is also the case regarding Atzompa and Tlalixtac, as no late bus service is available.  
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