Schedule for Day of the Dead events?

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, November 01, 2019, 08:00 (208 days ago) @ La Reina

I, too, worry about the “touristification” of this sacred tradition.

Not just the tourist aspect. I mean, what are we doing here? It looks like we’ve Disneyfied a solemn tradition. Instead of passing these days making a private altar for our lived ones and then spending time with their memories, the purpose of Día de Muertos, now we have a very Halloweenesque party event atmosphere. I get it that tourists want to observe, learn about and even share in the tradition, but now every bar has a party and there are even floor shows at several hotels, very much like they do in Cancún. Xochimilco has a full fledged very Hollywoodish production where they charge admission and turn a profit. Is that the future of Día de Muertos?

As a heathen infidel atheist I have no real skin in this game beyond being respectful of local traditions. I’ve watched this very personal and solemn tradition become quite a circus in Zihuatanejo. I get it that the Anglo-Saxon tourists and inland big city tourists want to celebrate Halloween as well as the little kids unsure which tradition is which, and so there have always been events at several restaurants and bars, but as if on cue last evening just as the “celebrations” were getting underway with big showy public contests for best altars and best Catrinas, a heavy rainstorm broke out and ruined altars and papel picado and brought many outdoor festivities to a halt as folks scurried for shelter and went home. That’ll teach’em. Tlaloc has spoken!

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