Day of the Dead Altar in Xoxocotlan Oaxaca
The Day of the Dead Festival in Oaxaca is a three day November holiday when families prepare the tombs for the return of the spirits.  The families welcome the visitor as they sit by the grave site where they have left offerings for the spirits who they hope will return.
Cemetery Visits, Oaxaca  
During the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Flowers and candles make the cemeteries mysterious places to visit  during the November vigil for the spirits. Your visit is welcome by the family who has decorated as their means allow.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
In the family-oriented villages all members will spend the day decorating the tomb and the home altar.
At the plaza in the village of XoXo, near Oaxaca City,  the town usually builds a huge offering decorated with candles and flowers, fruit and candy,  a community effort to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
In the cemetery of XoXo Cotlon, families prepare the tombs by cleaning and decorating them with candles and flowers. They sit by the tombs in a night vigil of waiting for the spirits of loved ones to return  October 31 evening
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Competition for the best altar or offering at Oaxaca's,Main cemetery, Panteon General.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead atzompa, Oaxaca,  Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
The Day Of The Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico:
  • Oaxaca City Cemetery
The city cemetery is about eight blocks from the Zocalo and easily raeched by walking.  Thousands of people come during the last day of October and the first two days of November to decorate and clean the tombs and gravestones.

Exhibits of altars from the many regions and food stalls make this a festive visit.

  • Xoxocotlon
The Days of the Dead  cemetery visits in the village of Xoxocotlon start on the last day in October when the families go to the cemetery to clean and decorate the tombs. On the night of October 31 the two cemeteries are lit by thousands of candles.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
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

  • November 2
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
The Day Of The Dead Schedule of Cemetery visits in Oaxaca, Mexico includes village cemeteries where lights of thousands of candles illuminate  the grave sites as people from the village gather during  a night vigil.
See Cemetery Schedule Below
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Schedule, Cemetery List,  Oaxaca,  Mexico  
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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
Schedule and Cemetery List
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