Day of the Dead Celebration

La Catrina at the Day of the Dead in Sonoma, Arizona.

If you are lucky to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Sedona, Arizona it will become an unforgettable event. It’s hard to imagine a more colorful celebration and more abundant costumes than those you will see on the Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead celebrations at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

The tradition of celebrating the Day of the Dead goes back to ancient Aztec custom of commemorating the dead relatives. It is a Mexican holiday that Spanish conquerors brought with them in the early 16th century.

A skeleton couple sipping a drink at the patio at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

 The Day of the Dead is celebrated on the 1st and 2ndNovember and symbolizes the family reunion. It is believed that the souls of the dead return to their homes and their relatives celebrate this with a great feast.

The altar with food offerings and candles at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

Traditionally the food prepared on the Day of the Dead includes the relative’s favorite dishes and sweets in the form of sculls, skeletons and coffins.

A scull decorated with tree leaves and pumpkins at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

Every family sets an altar with the skull inside adorned with flowers and other decorations. They bring offerings, foods and drinks, to the altar so that their relatives could also enjoy the delicious treats.

The altar with bread, fruits and vegetables at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

The altar with flowers is also decorated with candles lit at dusk. It is believed that candlelight guides the souls to their homes and helps them find the way in the dark.

Beautifully decorated fountain on the Day of the Dead at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

Held from October 29 through November 2, the grand-scale celebration of the Day of the Dead in Sedona will take place in Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village with its beautiful patios, fountains and dining venues.

Papel Picado hanging over the street at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

 Here you will spot another the Day of the Dead tradition – decorating the streets and patios with “Papel Picado”, vibrant color paper-cut banners, and “La Calaca”, handmade figurines made of clay. These figurines symbolize the dead relatives. All this comes in combination with beautiful fall decorations that include pumpkins as well as other seasonal vegetables and fruits.

Rene Restaurant and Winery with outdoor seatings at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

During the Day of the Dead people cook the most delicious and their favorite dishes.

Gluten free cupcakes served at the restaurant at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

 It’s the time to splurge on bountiful meals.

Spirits & Spice whisky and liqueur at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

Experience gourmet dining at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village and try some drinks like whisky and liqueur while enjoying your lavish meal at the patio. You can purchase drinks right there or consider ordering them online for your home collection at spiritsandspice.com. First time customers will enjoy 10% off their first order and free shipping on their purchase of over $150.

Skeletons dressed in elegant dresses at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

The festivities are accompanied by costume parades and dancing shows. Visitors are sure to meet La Catrina here and there. It is a skeleton in an elegant old-fashioned gown.

The woman with scull makeup and beautiful costume at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

Entertainment and face painting are part of the tradition. So be prepared to run into men and women boasting skull makeup to look like her.

A La Catrina figurine wearing the traditional Day of the Dead headdress at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

Of course, visiting the event like that you had better be prepared and come wearing the costume or at least some appropriate accessories. You can find them at Etsy as well as a wide range of souvenirs devoted to the Day of the Dead. If you don’t want to wear the costume, you can get at least the Day of the Dead headdress with traditional red roses or wear a scull mask.

The tradition of letting butterflies send human messages to heavan performed at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

The Day of the Dead is not about the mourning, it’s all about life and play, even if it’s a play with death, and celebrating the joy of life.

Colorful hanging the Day of the Dead decorations at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, Sedona, Arizona.

So, forget about your sorrows and dive into the costume fun. Cheers!

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