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Story: I was born and raised in Mexico, the mecca of Latin folklore. We have hundreds of festivals ranging from religious celebrations to anything which involves getting together.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a huge celebration across the country, but it is biggest in Oaxaca. It’s the perfect blend of amazing food, ancient ruins and vibrant festivities. This is also great time to visit because the weather is just right and the streets are packed with people selling Mexican arts and crafts to make altars to the dead.

Most hotels, homes and cemeteries have altars which are dedicated to their deceased loved ones. Altars are made up of candles, images of the dead, sugar skulls and their favourite foods. People stay awake on the night of the 31 October, singing and eating beside their altars. The best cemetery to visit is in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan – a must-see if you’re in the area.

Drinking mezcal, the local Oaxaca spirit, is order of the day as well as bar hopping and non-stop dancing, of course.

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