Published On: Thu, Nov 3rd, 2016

100,000 people visited Guanajuato cemeteries during “Day of Dead” festivities

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On Wednesday, November 2nd, more than 50,000 people went to the “Santa Paula” Pantheon to honor and remember their dead relatives who could be long gone, but not forgotten, during Guanajuato’s “All Sants day”.

Among the graves, people could be seen carrying flowers, plates with food, photographs, all nostalgic memories that make this traditional celebration so special in our country.

At the “Santa Paula” Cemetery, thousands of people arrived to dust and decorate the graves of their dead.

Then, most of the attendees participated in the traditional mass in honor of the “Fieles Difuntos” (faithful departed), and raised prayers for the peaceful rest of their immortal souls.



During this magical Mexican celebration, the “Santa Paula” Pantheon transforms into a big “fiesta”, full of flowers wreaths, music, traditional food and drinks, creating a multicolored mosaic full of color and nostalgia.

Since the early morning hours of “All Saint’s day”, entire families were celebrating inside the oldest and largest cemetery in the city of Guanajuato and others as well, such as Pantheon of Angels, “Panteón Jardín”  and its new extension.

Inside the pantheon, people come and go, and many of them were there well before dawn, waiting for the cemetery to open its doors, so they could enter to celebrate with their “muertitos”.

“Santa Paula” Cemetery got so crowded, that it was literally impossible to walk among so many people in there.


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This year, due to rehabilitation works of the perimeter fence and the main facade of the “Santa Paula” cemetery, security measures were tightened in order to protect the visitors.

The magical celebration of “Day of the Dead” is one of the most important festivities in Guanajuato, and as every year, thousands of people attended the different graveyards.

Finally, Municipal Authorities said that: “at least 100,000 people visited the cemeteries of the city of Guanajuato along these holy days, and 50,000 of them attended the Santa Paula Pantheon.




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