Honoring the ones who have gone before us
By Jade Arroyo
Around Day of the Dead, the city dresses up in purple and orange and provides us with opportunities to see and experience unique events and beautiful altars. We present to you some options that you should not miss.
You can start your day at Cumpanio (on the corner of Correo and Recreo) and have some Pan de Muertos for breakfast. This bone-shaped bread is only made this time of year. Paired with a tasty cappuccino, espresso, or a hot chocolate, it will make anyone’s morning a good one.
Visit the Alfeñique Fair at the Civic Plaza, just outside the Church of la Salud. This fair is a deeply rooted tradition in town; year after year, the artisans who work with sugar paste offer skeletons, coffins, bread of dead, candles, cut-out paper flags, and almost everything you need to make your Day of the Dead altar. Or, you can simply wander around and buy a cute little souvenir. Alfeñique are supposed to be like life: sweet but very fragile.
The ancient crypts are located underneath the Saint Michael Church, where noble characters like religious figures and conspirators of past times are buried. These crypts are open to the public during November 1 and 2, from 8am through 8pm (only closed during mass). If you want to take a guided, well-explained tour, we suggest the one offered by La Biblioteca. Information about cost and times is available at reception.
During the weekend, you can get the best shopping experience at the Bazaar of Art and Design, which will showcase over 40 designers (many of whom show their work for the first time is San Miguel). The bazaar will be held at the Instituto Allende (Ancha de San Antonio 20). Once there, you can grab a bite at the lovely cafeteria El Café, where coffee is excellent and the salads and sandwiches are original and savory.
At night time, several parties will be thrown with the Día de Muertos theme. Probably one of the most fun will be the closing party of La Calaca festival. This party (which has been baptized as “The Elegant Death”) will be held at Casa de Europa (San Francisco 23) on November 2 and will start at 9pm. Live DJ music and art installations. Tickets are 200 pesos at the entrance.