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    Day of the dead

    Have anyone over here experienced this mexican celebration? I've heard that far in the south of mexico people likes to celebrate this party in a very traditional and peculiar way. I'm thinking of traveling to Patzcuaro in november this year, because I really want to experience this festivity the way I'm supposed to. What things should I take with me? is there something I should consider before going there? I ask this because I don't want to upset the locals in any way possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trellum View Post
    Have anyone over here experienced this mexican celebration? I've heard that far in the south of mexico people likes to celebrate this party in a very traditional and peculiar way. I'm thinking of traveling to Patzcuaro in november this year, because I really want to experience this festivity the way I'm supposed to. What things should I take with me? is there something I should consider before going there? I ask this because I don't want to upset the locals in any way possible
    Have you thought about taking in the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca? Spectacular. As far as local customs, the only thing that comes to mind is that in many homes, and churches, and public gathering places, there is an ofrenda, an offering table filled with food, and pictures of the ancestors. DO NOT eat anything or drink anything from an ofrenda...it is for the spirits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorigh View Post
    Have you thought about taking in the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca? Spectacular. As far as local customs, the only thing that comes to mind is that in many homes, and churches, and public gathering places, there is an ofrenda, an offering table filled with food, and pictures of the ancestors. DO NOT eat anything or drink anything from an ofrenda...it is for the spirits.
    Hi Lori Thanks a lot for the answer! I'm actually an amateur photograper and I'd love to snap some good shots of the locals while they're celebrating this. Do you think they'd mind it? Do you reckon Oaxaca is the best place to experience this festivity? I'm hoping to be able to snap some really impressive nocturnal shots... I heard the graveyards are filled with candles that night that gotta look really impressive! I also heard people stay there to eat and ''spend'' some time with the spirits.

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    Yes. The families go out to the cemetery and clean the graves. Marigolds, the flowers they take to their ancestors at this time, and candles, are everywhere. The families stay all day and into the night, eating, drinking, enjoying each other's company, and celebrating their ancestors. There is really no Day of the Dead Festival like Oaxaca, in my opinion. Don't forget to try the skeleton candy, calaveras. They are sugar skulls. Also Oaxaca is known for art, if you like that sorta thing.

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    You shouldn't have any issues as long as you're respectful. This is a festival based on remembrance so act in accordance with that. That said if you aren't dealing with an actual family unit it shouldn't be too much trouble. People come to take photos all the time.

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    I agree. There were lots of people taking pictures in Oaxaca. But respectfully. One more thing...if you are lucky, the monarch butterfly will have finished their migration...that is an amazing sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorigh View Post
    Yes. The families go out to the cemetery and clean the graves. Marigolds, the flowers they take to their ancestors at this time, and candles, are everywhere. The families stay all day and into the night, eating, drinking, enjoying each other's company, and celebrating their ancestors. There is really no Day of the Dead Festival like Oaxaca, in my opinion. Don't forget to try the skeleton candy, calaveras. They are sugar skulls. Also Oaxaca is known for art, if you like that sorta thing.
    I'd really love to take some pictures of that Do you think the locals would mind? I'd ask permission first, but I'm not sure if this kind of behaviour could be seen as disrespectful over there! I, in no way, want to offend anyone over there! But I really find this kind of festivities fascinating (from an anthropological point of view) and would love to capture some unique moments while I'm there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esperahol View Post
    You shouldn't have any issues as long as you're respectful. This is a festival based on remembrance so act in accordance with that. That said if you aren't dealing with an actual family unit it shouldn't be too much trouble. People come to take photos all the time.
    Thanks, it's great to know that I asked the other poster about this again, because I had not seen this answer before. I think I'll just use my common sense, specially when I take shots at night! I don't want to upset anyone over there. Hopely everything will be ok, and I'll be able to capture some really special & unique moments

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    It is a wonderful festival. I loved it, and would like to return.

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    I heard a young child talking about it and I thought he was just making it up to sound cool around the girls. It sounds a bit freaky to me. I can't imagine what people will be taking photographs of!

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    It sounds like a really incredible thing to experience. I'd love to witness it someday.

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    I heard a young child talking about it and I thought he was just making it up to sound cool around the girls. It sounds a bit freaky to me. I can't imagine what people will be taking photographs of!
    The masses of orange flowers, the sugar skulls, the lighted party or parade at night...all very photogenic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trellum View Post
    Thanks, it's great to know that I asked the other poster about this again, because I had not seen this answer before. I think I'll just use my common sense, specially when I take shots at night! I don't want to upset anyone over there. Hopely everything will be ok, and I'll be able to capture some really special & unique moments
    Common sense is always a great thing to have. But really they are used to it and will generally not punch you in the face so long as you aren't a complete jerk. I wish you the best in this endeavor.

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    I heard a young child talking about it and I thought he was just making it up to sound cool around the girls. It sounds a bit freaky to me. I can't imagine what people will be taking photographs of!
    Well, the festival that kid might have been talking about... is the festival that is celebrated in some parts of south of mexico. Actually this festival is very attractive (visuslly) specially at night, when the families gather in the cemetary near to the graves of their loved ones. There are a lot candles... it's a really beautiful view, not freaky at all The cemetary will be filled with flowers as well... flowers and candles everywhere! That's visually appealing for me as an amateur photographer

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    Common sense is always a great thing to have. But really they are used to it and will generally not punch you in the face so long as you aren't a complete jerk. I wish you the best in this endeavor.
    Hehehe, thanks for the tips! Define jerk, please? LOL, just kidding! I know how to behave Plus I speak spanish. I've never seen this holiday celebrated this way before, so I really don't want it to go unoticed. I sure hope they're used to the cameras...

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    That is such a nice and marvelous kinds of things for having some fun there ahead. I will love to go through it as i have never tried this yet in my life. I will still i will like to be there after my maid of the mist ny. So is there anything that i should know before i go?

 

 

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