Besides being in PV on Halloween…or as Sandra Valls calls it "Trick or Treat!?!"
We are also in PV during these Mexican traditions that I grew up with…
Nov 1 - All Soul’s Day (Día de Todos Santos) where Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children who have passed on. Tradition states that the departed descend from the heavens on this day…so family members prepare for their arrival by leaving sugar skeletons, skulls and treats on altars custom-designed for the occasion. PV City Hall has a special alter exhibition…as does the Cultural Center on Rio Cuale Island. Restaurants, nightclubs and stores also create altars.
Nov 2 - Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Families hold a graveside vigil on this night…or at least leave their favorite food and drink (usually tequila) on a special alter constructed in their home or on the tomb of their departed ancestors. Bakeries are filled with sweets shaped in the symbols of death…flowers and memorials fill the cemetery…mostly marigolds the sacred Aztec flower that represents death.