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Festival de las Calaveras, Aguascalientes

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A Day of the Dead festival filled with activities and local culture

Festival de las Calaveras (“Skeleton Festival” in English) is one of the most traditional events that take place in Aguascalientes. It takes place in the Cruz and Ángeles cemeteries as well as Isla San Marcos, and it is celebrates on the last week of October and the first week of November.

 

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a traditional festivity in Mexico to remember those who have passed away as well as to pay tribute to José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican artist native to Aguascalientes and known for his works, which had a very tragic and black humour and were allusive to revolutionary Mexico.

 

During the festival, you’ll be able to engange in various activities that include guided tours of the historical center of the city and cemeteries, art exhibitions, theatre performances, drawing contests, dance performances, altar exhibitions, and the most important one from this particular festival: a night walk known as “ilumínale los pies al muerto”, which roughly translates into “light up the feet of the dead one”. The walk begins in the Picacho Hill and ends at the foot of the Muerto Hill and at the end, you’ll be able to admire the Desfile de las Calaveras (“Skeleton Catwalk” in English), which makes an allusion to the dead.



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