"La Casa de las Bugambilias" Bed and Breakfast invites you to participate in one of the most important festivities of Oaxaca. During this time, the City of Oaxaca and all the surrounding villages come alive with a special beauty of flowers, food, creativity, and folklore.
The holiday represents a rich blend of Catholic and indigenous traditions, and is both a celebration for the living and for the dead. Spirits of the beloved dead are believed to return to their homes and visit for a short time with their families and friends. The first day of November the souls of departed children arrive, and on the second day they are joined by spirits of adults. Like all visitors, they are welcomed with food, drink, stories, memories, and good will. Their presence is thought of as a blessing rather than a curse, and brings joy rather than pain to their loved ones.
In preparation for this day, the last days of October are spent preparing special loaves of sweet bread ("pan de muerto"), and desserts; harvesting special flowers, including marigolds; creating altars in the home; and decorating grave sites. Decorations in the form of macabre but whimsical skeletons and candy skulls abound.
The Cabrera Family invites you to participate in this magical time by taking advantage of one or more of the workshops or tours listed below. Workshops are small and personal, and take place in a family atmosphere. Tours respect local traditions and sacred rites.
Calendar of Activities 2012:
We hope that these activities will increase your knowledge of our customs & culture.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
René Cabrera or Adriana Zavala
Reforma # 402 Int. 1, Col. Centro
Oaxaca, Oax. México
Tel/fax: 0 11 52 (951) 516 1165
From USA: 1 866 829 6778
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Casa de las Bugambilias Bed and Breakfast
Temazcal (Indigenous steam bath with herbs)
Photos courtesy of Edward Ornellas - Oaxaca Day of the Dead '06