Day of the Dead  November Festival, Oaxaca, Mexico  
The Day of the Dead November Festival in Oaxaca is a three-day holiday when families clean the graves and prepare the tombs for the return of the spirits. During the Day of the Dead, flowers decorate the tombs and home altars.
During the Day of the Dead a visit to the cemeteries near Oaxaca on the first two nights of November can be a magical time because of the thousands of candles and the marigolds and cockscomb flowers that  decorate the tombs. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in each village at different times and with different intensity but the evenings are sure to be unique as families come to the graveyards to sit by the tombs and wait for the spirits to return.
During the Day of the Dead  in Oaxaca the markets overflow with flowers that the families will use to decorate their home altars and tombs.  Marigold and cockscomb are the flowers with special meaning, the marigold is called the Fleur de Meurto, the flour of death. In the evening  of the last night of October, the Days of the Dead begin as the family sits by the tomb and waits for the return of the spirits.
In the town of Tlalixtac south of Oaxaca City the families sit by  the decorated tombs while brass bands move through the cemetery
Day of the Dead excitement in Oaxaca City comes when the shops in the cosmopolitan center decorate with candles and flower petals in an unspoken competition of artistic display
Day of the Dead  Cemetery Visits, November, See schedule below
Day of the Dead altars or offerings display treats the departed loved in life
The Day of the Dead preparations include the decorating with pungent marigold,  the scent is thought to attract the spirit to the home and offering
Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Cemetery Visits
October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cementario Viejo, and the new Cementario Nuevo.
October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil starting around 11 pm.

Day of the Dead November 1
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city
Tlaixtac de Cabrera, six miles south east of Oaxaca City

San Felipe del Agua, north of Oaxaca City November 2,
Village of San Antonino Castillo Velasco  A flower growing village that celebrates a week after the others
Day of the Dead, November  Festival Oaxaca graveside night vigil
The Day of the Dead November Festival in the village of Tlaixtac
During the Day of the Dead, November  Festival Oaxaca families decorate the tombs and home offering tables.
Day of theDdead cemetery Oaxaca October 31
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  • Day Of The Dead,  Cemetery visits Transportation  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or auto.  
Cemetery visits occur on October 31, November 1 and Nov. 2nd within a few miles of the city.  
  • Guided Cemetery Tours
First time visitors are best off with one of the many Oaxaca Tour Agencies such as Borroco Tours located on Garcia Vigil  (street)  They arrange small or large group van and bus tours for visitors to the villages.  They guide you in the cemetery, help you make photos, and provide local information about the event.
  • Self Guided Tour
Visitors can also reach the cemeteries by taxi, collective taxi, or bus.   Arrange for your return with the driver or determine the loading place for the taxis and collective taxis at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.  Bus service will end around ten pm for some locations.  
How To Reach the Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico Cemeteries for Visits
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