Cancun, Q.R. — Thousands of people will begin their personal journey to local gravesites tonight as Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead.
The customary holiday, which is celebrated late October 31 and into November 2, will see Cancun and Playa del Carmen graveyards filled with family and friends of those who have passed.
City workers have begun preparing the Municipal Pantheon of Playa del Carmen, where they are expecting more than 5,000 people to pass through the graveyard over the next three days. In Cancun, figures will be similar as loved ones visit the deceased around city burial sites.
Tombs of municipal pantheons will be dressed in marigold flowers and adorned in colors, candles and food to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. While it’s most customary for relatives, friends and acquaintances of the deceased to visit the dead, the cities are expecting many tourists curious to witness the Mexican celebration, said Rigoberto Pérez Aguilar who is in charge of the Municipal Pantheon of Playa del Carmen.
He says they have prepared the graveyard for visitors as well as for the masses that will be held inside the grounds, adding that people have already begun to arrive.
Pérez Aguilar says that everyone is invited, “to come to the pantheon to see that part of the Mexican culture and the cultural events that have been organized,” explaining that during the next three days, the pantheon is open 24-hours.