Day of the Dead

I have been majorly slacking in the blogging department, and I apologize. It’s been a busy few weeks with conferences, races, and my French midterms. To make it up to you, here is a post of my lovely trip to Pátzcuaro, Michoácan for the Día de los muertos celebrations.

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Cempasúchil is the name of the game for Día de los muertos. We saw tens of thousands of these yellow marigolds, with the red version still visible, but nowhere near as popular

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The flower market on the way to the cemetery where you could purchase cempasúchil for your altar.

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Altars at the cemetery

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A corunda for breakfast at the Basilica. It’s a tamale steamed wrapped in banana leaves containing rajas (strips of green chiles) and cheese, then doused in salsa

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We washed down the corunda with a mug of champurrado, I am unclear as to what exactly goes into it, but the base is a corn and milk based drink called atole and then there are bits of chocolate mixed in

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The handicrafts market was alive with many local goods, including these beautiful black candlestick holders

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Left – nieve de pasta (according to Lonely Planet, supposed to be almond and cinnamon flavored, but tasted like straight up condensed milk), right – nieve de chongos (sweet curdled milk? but tasty)

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We also went to the island of Janítizio, and on our boat ride we saw the fisherman, mariposeros, on the lake using their butterfly shaped nets

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Morelos statue on the island, view from the top of the statue

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Sugar skills back in the market in Pátzcuaro

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Pan de muertos, bread of the dead, bread made with orange blossom water and dusted in sugar

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