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MEXICAN TRADITIONS

DAY OF THE DEAD
IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

OFRENDAS (OFFERINGS TO THE DEAD)

Day of the Dead celebration in San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Posted: September 28, 2019
Last Update: November 14, 2018
Words and photographs by siblings Onyx and Alexa on Twitter

DAY OF THE DEAD OFFERINGS

On the Day of the Dead, all across Mexico, people set ofrendas (offerings) to remember those who have passed away. Ofrendas are colorful displays filled with flowers, food, drink, sugar skulls, and photographs of loved ones.

Here's our visual recap of the Day of the Dead celebration in San Miguel de Allende 2017.

If you're thinking about visiting San Miguel de Allende for the yearly celebrations of the Day of the Dead, the best day to see the public displays is November 2nd. Locations may vary.

Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | Archangel Michael Parish | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Black and white photograph of San Miguel de Allende Jardin | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Pictured above: Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel (Archangel Michael Parish)

San Miguel de Allende's main square is often referred to as el Jardín (the garden). During the Day of the Dead 2017, this manicured tree plaza held the display of ofrendas (offerings for the dead).

LocationFind on Google Maps: Jardín Allende (Allende Garden) | Calle Principal S/N, Centro ⤢

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Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa
Day of the Day Offering in San Miguel de Allende with wooden cross and many flowers | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

DAY OF THE DEAD OFRENDA | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

— Can you spot the butterfly in the image above? —

Day of the Dead Ofrendas Jardín | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Day of the Dead celebraiton in Mexico | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

WIND AND SHADOWS

Strands of tissue paper with intricate designs called papel picado are often used to decorate ofrendas. They wave in the wind and create unique shadows.

Colorful Day of the Dead ofrenda | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa
Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Don't forget to look closely, you'll discover ofrendas are made with many natural materials, like rice, beans, petals, even jalapeño peppers!

Day of the Dead offerings in San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa
Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and AlexaDay of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Pyramid of the Dead artistic display in San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

Day of the Dead niche with ofrenda | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

For the fourth year in a row, San Miguel de Allende created the Pyramid of the Dead, a structure over 26ft tall with individual ofrenda niches that become a larger than life work of art.

This pyramid is a community effort. It is a concept by renowed artist Tomas Burkey ⤢ that is organized every year by La Calaca Festival ⤢. If you want to participate, La Calaca Festival has two donation levels, one to design your own niche, the other to have it created by the festival's artisans.

The setup of this large structure takes a couple of days. To see the finished pyramid, stop by during the inauguration ceremony, usually held on the evening of the 2nd of November.

LocationFind on Google Maps: Plaza Cívica, Centro, San Miguel de Allende ⤢

Day of the Dead celebration at Fabrica La Aurora | giant skull display with marigolds | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

A former textile factory, Fábrica La Aurora ⤢ is now a haven for artists and collectors.

It is filled with many art galleries, interior design boutiques, shops, and workshops. You can also find places to eat and even a duck pond! Parking is not an issue.

Fábrica La Aurora held a special event the weekend prior to the Day of the Dead, and many of the shops displayed ofrendas.

LocationFind on Google Maps: Fábrica La Aurora, Calzada de la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende ⤢

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Day of the Dead Ofrenda at Fabrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa
Day of the Dead Ofrenda at Fabrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa
Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | Mexican Traditions | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa
Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende | Mexican Traditions | D Best of San Miguel de Allende | Photographs and article by Onyx and Alexa

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