Among the colorful wooden dolls, sugar skulls and Halloween costumes, families pass along the stands of “All saints’ Market” (Tianguis de Todos Santos), where they acquire all kind of traditional products, to take back home a souvenir or two from this magical market. And of course, there are many foreigner visitors eager to try some of the Mexican “Day of the Dead” traditional candies.
Beatriz Becerra Rubio, forty-seven-year-old, merchant at “All saints’ Market”, specializes in sugar skulls. She says her entire family has dedicated to sell this traditional Mexican candy for generations. From her mother to her, to her daughter, and the tradition has transcended all the way to her grandchildren now, who are currently running the business at the “mercado”.
Some people come and leave with bags full of goodies, others just wander around this magical site enjoying the day off. Fact is, Tianguis de Todos Santos has become a tourist attraction, and the most important traditional market during the “All Saints’ Festivities” in the city of Querétaro.
The stands are aligned in the corridors of the “Jardín Guerrero”, surrounding the main fountain. This square, located in the heart of the capital city, was named after Mexican Independence historic hero Vicente Guerrero, reason why his statue was placed in the center of the garden.
Beatriz Rubio concluded saying: “I began to sell these candies at “Constituyentes Avenue” next to the Auditorium, when I was 27 years old, and used to come with my mother. Today, 20 years later, here I am at “Jardín Guerrero” with my grandchildren”.