Day_of_the_Dead spots: Zacatlan, Chignahuapan, Huaquechula, Izucar, Cuetzalan, Puebla City

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Celebrating the Day of the Dead in Mexico means on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The celebration of the Day of Dead in Puebla State, Mexico, is very popular and celebrated with special characteristics in well known places such as Chignahuapan, Cuetzalan, Huaquechula, Izucar, Zacatlan and Puebla City.

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2017 Puebla Day_of_the_Dead Tour

Tour begins in Puebla City on November 2017 and runs from Wednesday 1st to Thursday 2nd. Tour includes four different locations in Puebla area to be covered in two separate days: Chignahuapan and Zacatlan for first day and Huaquechula and Izucar for second and last day.

SCHEDULE:

* Wed, Nov. 1st, 2017. Departure 9 am. Morning drive to Zacatlan to see art displayed at town cementery and city walking tour. City tour includes stop at famous clock factory, visit to town altars exhibition and regional apple cider fair. Afternoon drive to Chignahuapan: walking tour to visit town highights and town's cheese-bread regional fair. Later, we take a night walk to nearby lake where we will be attending a night play based on Prehispanic mythology. Play, so called "Light and Life", is regionally famous and performed with light and sound and fireworks in the midst of town lake. Return to Puebla city.

* Thu, Nov. 2nd, 2017. Departure 10 am. Morning drive to Huaquechula to visit its world-wide famous altars distributed across town and made by families of the village that has a deceased relative this year. Visit to town cementary and its famous XVI-century Franciscan church. Later drive to Izucar to visit its prestigious "Tree of Life" workshops where artisans manufacture polychrome clay crafts for dead celebration such as skulls, skeletons and trees of life. Return to Puebla city. End of tour.

PRICE:

* Price per person (for ONE-DAY tour) $ 149.95 USD, taking either November 1st OR 2nd, 2017. It is a unique non refundable payment to reserve your trip. Final payment is due before tour starts. Email to reserve your one-day tour and get your Pay Pal payment details

* Price per person (for BOTH-DAYS tour) $ 199.95 USD, for both November 1st AND 2nd, 2017. It is a unique non refundable payment to reserve your trip. Final payment is due before tour starts. Email to reserve your both-days tour and get your Pay Pal payment details

ITEMS INCLUDED:

Ground transportation with pick-up/drop-off is provided to hotels located in some areas in Puebla city area and to suggested meeting points (refer to "Transportion" down below), English speaking tour guide and entrance to Chignahuapan night performance.

NO ITEMS INCLUDED:

Air fares and airport taxes, beverages and alcoholic drinks, personal expenses, meals during itinerary, tip and gratuities and lodging. Any other incidentals not listed under "included".

TRANSPORTATION:

Ground transportion is limited up to 15 people in AC comfortable van with hotel pick-up/drop-off  located inside Puebla city spots such as downtown , "Angelopolis" mall and "La Paz" and "Sonata" at Lomas de Angelopolis.

Jewel of Sierra Norte

Zacatlán

Zacatlan is a city located in the Sierra Norte region of Puebla . The area is known for its production of apples, other fruit, cider and fruit wines, which are promoted through the annual “Fair of Apple” and “ Fair of Cider”. It is also home to the Relojes Centenario company, the first clock factory in Latin America and the builder of the city’s double sided flower clock in the main square. The historic center of Zacatlán is filled with traditional houses with red tile roofs. Outside of the city proper, there is a significant indigenous population, the Piedras Encimadas Valley with its rock formations and various waterfalls and ravines. Tour time including visit to Chignahuapan 6 hours. Watch factory, Cidar factory, City Hall, Parish church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Town of Christmas Balls and Woodencrats

Chignahuapan

Chignahuapan is the location of many touristic places very well known all over the state such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception which has the biggest wooden figure of Our Lady Mary in Latin America, Also is known for its hot springs with healing and therapeutic properties. The main industry of Chignahuapan is manufacturing Christmas balls: Tour time including Zacatlan is 6 hours. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Chritsmas Balls Factory, Zocalo park and kiosk, Capulina's memorial monument and city hall.

Living altar town

Huaquechula

Huaquechula is world-wide famous because its altars distributed across town and made by families of the village that has a deceased relative this year. Families welcome visitors to their home for admiring and present their respect for the lost of their dead relative. Town graveyard altars are decorated with Cempaxúchil (Marigold) flowers and presents a very "living" cementery. Town church is a famous XVI-century Franciscan Excovent with an original altar piece.

Expression made tradition

Izucar's Polychrome clay pottery

Since prehispanic times , clay has been a material that expresses the traditions and vision of the people such as incense and so-called " Tree of Life" . In Puebla we have 2 locations where they are produced : Izúcar de Matamoros and Acatlán . For generations these crafts have been developed for use in religious activities but currently only the incense (tlapopochuilani) still have that function among people in the 14 prehispanic districts of Izúcar de Matamoros, for ceremonies such as Thursday's Corpus Christi procession and rituals of the brotherhood of the Blessed Sacrament . Now, the tree of life is manufactured commercially. Formerly it was a tradition that the newlyweds , they bestow on a tree of life, as a symbol of fertility and abundant crops . To be considered a tree of life, the piece must have the figures of Adam and Eve and the serpent of sin. But are these elements is only one polychrome candlestick.

Journey to Underworld

"Light and Life" night show

"Light and Life" night show in Chignahuapan is a play performed by professional dancers and actors who explain the Prehispanic vision of the journey of souls to underworld until reaching the final destination. Souls have to go thru different stages and tests in order to be accepted by the gods.

Sweet tradition

Sugar "Calaveritas" skulls

"Calaverita" is a representation of a human skull made of sugar, as a treat, widely used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, and made in chocolate or amaranth seeds and dried fruit. They are made hollow except some of the smaller ones. All of them tend to be about 6 centimeters high, though they have done since 2 to 20 centimeters or even larger.

Flower for eternity

Cempaxúchil flower

Each year at the end of the rainy season in late October and in November, Cempaxuchil (Marigold) flowers. In celebration of the Day of the Dead altars and tombs are decorated and rejoice with the warm color of this beautiful and fragrant flower. Its scientific name is Tagetes erecta, but Spanish is commonly known as cempaxuchil, which comes from the Aztec word "cempohualxochitl" meaning "twenty flowers".

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Transportation

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Spotlight

La Catrina

The original version is a metal engraving authorship cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada, the original name is "garbancera" skull. Garbancera is the word that was then known people who sold chickpea that having Indian blood claimed to be European, whether Spanish or French (the latter more common during the Porfiriato) and reneged on their race, heritage and culture.

This is remarkable for the fact that the skull has no clothes but only the hat, from the point of view of Posada, is a critique of many Mexican people who are poor, but still want to pretend European lifestyle that is not theirs: "... in the bones but with French hat with ostrich feathers."