The Mexicans believe that death is a part of life and “Dia de los Muertos” is held every year to celebrate the lives and memories of departed loved ones.
On All Hallows’ Eve (Monday), All Saints’ Day (Tuesday) and All Souls’ Day (Wednesday), families gather around local cemeteries to tend to graves – decorating them with marigolds, candles and sugar skulls; as they feast and sing in coexistence with the “wandering spirits” of those who departed this world, but come back every year to silently converse with the living.
In 2012, the city of San Miguel de Allende added a modern twist to the tradition. It hosts a colourful six-day arts festival called “La Calaca”, which means “the skull”.
The event features interactive installations, performances, workshops, conferences and parties inspired by the themes and traditions of death and Dia de los Muertos.
Festival Nomade y La Calaca Festival bring a magical night of dancing and rhythm at El 58 Bistro & Concert Bar. Come and celebrate Day of the Dead in the Centro of San Miguel de Allende!
– Entrance $225p Presale / $335p Day of Event
November 1 @ 9:00 pm – November 2 @ 3:00 am
“La Calaca” featured other activities such as this year’s DeadTalks, short lectures about life and death; followed by a screening of short death-themed films selected by the Guanajuato International Film Festival; and a Gala Night, where guests were encouraged to dress as skeletons or monarch butterflies.
La Pirámide de Muertos (The Pyramid of Death), an interactive installation where members of the public were invited to design and decorate their own nichos, handmade tin altars that are added to the community altar; and a David Bowie altar, a space filled with jewellery, fashion and music inspired by the late iconic musician.
La Calaca, Feathered Sun and Nicola Cruz invited the people of San Miguel to a Pool Party, it was a beautiful afternoon and evening at the hot springs of the TABOADA WATER CLUB. Live Music by Feathered Sun as well as DJs, food, drinks, Yoga, games and relaxation.