The Day of the Dead Without a Passport

The Day of the Dead…

A celebration of life

The day of Dead


Take off those Batman and Wonder Woman costumes and get ready to experience the Day of the Dead.

Dia de Los Muertos, now widely recognized in Latin America and growing throughout the United States, was formed from a combination of indigenous Aztec rituals
and Catholicism. Held on All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2), it is a colorful, beautiful and sacred holiday held to honour the lives of the dead.



Celebratory display


In Mexican culture and catholic cultures around the world, it is believed that mourning the death of a loved one, more specifically the sadness displayed as a result of the loss, would insult the departed. So, Dia de Los Muertos celebrates the lives of loved ones passed with food, drink, parties and activities that their dead loved ones enjoyed in their living years. It is believed that the dead are still very much a part of the living community and that they momentarily awaken in their final rest, to share the celebrations with their loved ones.


A child sitting next to a loved one that has passed on All Souls Day (Catholic holiday)

A child sitting next to a loved one that has passed on All Souls Day (Catholic holiday)


America is falling head over heels with the Day of the Dead. The “sugar skull” has long been introduced into pop culture as the eye-grabbing, ornate, filigree skull plastered on everything from notebooks to body parts. It’s a visual holiday; it’s stunning, mysterious and creepy, but in a fun and somehow comforting manner. We just can’t get enough. In recent years there have been Day of the Dead festivals popping up in various places in the United States. Here are some of the BEST places to celebrate without getting a passport:

Austin, TX

Los Angeles, CA

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

More skeletons in celebration of Dia de los Muertos

More skeletons in celebration of Dia de los Muertos

Tomorrow is a big celebration. Where are you heading to?

Check back for updates and photos from the South Florida Day of the Dead Festival.

If you are interested in Day of the Dead, check out the South Florida Day of the Dead Festival tomorrow in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. 

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

6 Comments on this post

  1. Great post, really enjoyed this. I’m just experiencing my 2nd day of the day in Mexico City. The city is so colourful!

    willc88 / Reply
    • Thank you! How amazing. What an amazing culture that so many people are blind to. I really wanted to get out there this year but my oh my, I have been traveling all month… I am due for a day off. I haven’t had one since August!

      Have a great Dia de los Muertos!!!

  2. Fabulous photos! Fascinating post!

    diaspora52 / Reply
  3. Have you any adventures in Ecuador to share? thx kevin

    kevinmarksouthkevin / Reply

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