If I had any doubts that Dia de Muertos was a big deal in Mexico, they were erased last night. We went to the spiritual center of Mexico — the Zocalo of Mexico City — to check out the festival “En el corazon del Mictlan,” or “in the heart of Mictlan,” the lowest level of the Aztec underworld. It was amazing.
When we first got there, we were completely overwhelmed by the crowd — it was wall-to-wall people, people, people. We couldn’t see any of the altars or displays. So, we headed over to El Nivel — the country’s oldest cantina! — and had a few beers. Our friends Jeremy and Nancy showed up, and so we headed back into the Zocalo.
There were displays from each colonia (neighborhood) in Mexico City, and displays from every state in Mexico. There was also some really off-the-wall sights, such as a huge Lucha Libre wrestling ring, complete with wrestling skeletons, and a panaderia (bakery) staffed by skeleton bakers.
Here’s the Lucha Libre ring, with a hot skeleton girl in a bikini advertising the match.
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