Photo Friday: Day of the Dead, Tlaquepaque, Mexico

One of the items on my travel bucket list that I still need to cross off is a visit to Mexico during Dia de los Muertos, A.K.A. Day of the Dead.  Celebrated every year on November 1, Day of the Dead is a holiday during which Mexicans honour the memory of deceased relatives and friends.  Some of the more common traditions include visiting graves (normally bringing along the favourite foods and drinks of the deceased), and constructing small altars in one’s home.  Skulls, well-dressed skeletons, and marigolds are popular Day of the Dead motifs.

This year I spent September and half of October in Mexico, but I didn’t stick around quite long enough.  What I did get to see, however, were some of the Day of the Dead decorations that crowd the streets and shops in Tlaquepaque, a small city on the outskirts of Guadalajara.  Tlaquepaque is a popular day trip for Mexicans and tourists alike, as it has a well-preserved colonial centre filled with art galleries, trendy shops, and good restaurants.  The name “Tlaquepaque” refers to the city’s history of pottery making, and roughly translates to “hill where the clay comes from.”

So, leaving you with this image below, I wish you all a Happy Halloween, or a memorable Dia de los Muertos, if you’re lucky enough to be in Mexico to celebrate it!  As for me, I’ll be spending the holidays at Machu Picchu — I’m making my second trek and visit there this week.