Come experience the Day of the Dead 2016 Retreat – the most time-honored and spiritual holiday of Oaxaca
Calling on your inner artist, to visit and experience the culture of Oaxaca City. This is considered one of the “must visit areas” in the world for art, cuisine and of course, the Day of the Dead.
Many of us have lost a loved one and want to connect with them in a very personal way. This celebration is unlike any other. You will leave with a wonderful understanding of the culture and the timeless beauty and peace of the honoring of the ancestors in this very spiritual way. We will take the opportunity to completely immerse in the art and the cuisine as well. Museums, walks through the village and shopping the local artisans will make up our days, and exploring the cafe’s and world class restaurants will thrill our evenings. These are just some experiences of the week of Day of the Dead!
- Visit local artists’ studios and personally meet some renowned Oaxacan artists
- Shopping the local market, and returning to cook and eat authentic Oaxacan food with an award winning chef
- Mescal sampling bar on the Zocalo
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Celebrate the History
During the Day of the Dead 2016 retreat we will see an example of the harmonious relationship between Christianity and the pre-hispanic traditions found in the state of Oaxaca.
Although Día de los Muertos is recognized all over Mexico, Oaxaca has become known for it’s ornately rich celebrations venerating the return of their deceased loved ones on November 1st and 2nd.
In the state capital, Oaxaca City, the festivities of Day of the Dead begin a week before the 1st and 2nd of November with the commencement of the “Plaza de los Muertos.” This elaborate initiation takes place in each city market, but principally in the Mercado de Abastos. In each plaza one may find all the necessary items to prepare for the arrival of the dead including the ingredients for traditional dishes such as mole negro, pan de yema, and Oaxacan chocolate. One will also find a grand assortment of flowers used to decorate the sacred altars dedicated to the deceased.
The celebration of Muertos is most commonly known as Todos Santos, or All Saints. This day is often the most celebrated day of the year. The altars found in the homes of the villagers and in cemeteries are honored by all. It is most commonly located in the cemetery and during the course of Muertos, one will find the graves wonderfully decorated with candles, flowers and food.
During this time the living join together to rejoice the return of their ancestors. Visiting cemeteries and homes enables one to enjoy the richness of this celebration. The energy of the occasion is awesome. All present rejoice in the happy reunions, and you too shall feel the presence of the departed souls returned!