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Xantolo, Day of the Dead in San Luis Potosí
Day of the Dead is a popular Mexican tradition- Photo: Taken from Visiti San Luis Potosí's Facebook account

Xantolo, Day of the Dead in San Luis Potosí

31/10/2019
18:01
Samantha Michelle Guzmán
Mexico City
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The Huasteca Potosina celebrates Xantolo. There are 20 municipalities with their own traditions that include dances, vigils, and altars with a common purpose: to venerate the dearly departed

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On November 1 and 2, Mexicans set up altars, dress up as skeletons, and host parties to celebrate Day of the Dead.

In Mexico, each region has different ways to celebrate Day of the Dead: from the most traditional to the most modern, but without losing the essence of this heritage.

The Huasteca Potosina celebrates Xantolo. There are 20 municipalities with their own traditions that include dances, vigils, and altars with a common purpose: “to venerate the departed and remember them,” says Alfredo Ortega, project coordinator of San Luis Potosí’s Tourism Culture.

Have you heard about Mictlán, the Aztec underworld?

Xantolo is celebrated in San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Hidalgo, and Tamaulipas. The word comes from the Latin “sanctorum” or “saint” that refers to those who passed away.

Two elements are present in all the communities: altar and huehues or ancestors dances. Since October 31, altars are installed in cemeteries and houses. In the top part, they put a palm arch with cempasúchil flowers to represent heaven’s gates.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If the community is of Náhuatl origin, the altar is put on a table; if its Tének, it goes on the ground to have more contact with the soil.

The dances take place on November 1 and 2. With violins, guitars, and jaranas, hundreds of locals dance in the streets and in the squares. They wear wooden masks to represent certain characters: devils, animals, old men, and Death.

Have you heard about copal, the food of the gods?

Communities organize several events: parades, games, altars, tours in cemeteries. Most activities take place between October 31 and November 2.

Tourism agencies, such as Huasteca Total Expediciones or MX Xpediciones, create travel packages to several towns. A one-day tour costs MXN $500 per person.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alfredo Ortega recommends to include Tamaletom to see the Hawk’s Dance (similar to that of the “Voladores de Papantla” Dance, and to visit Axtla de Terrazas to see the “Cambio de Fiscal”, a ceremony in which a new cemetery guardian is appointed, who will take care of the departed during a year.

Did you know cempasúchil is known as "the flower of the dead"?

Xilitla, El Naranjo, and Tamazunchale are other destinations worthy of your visit. You can use Ciudad Valles as your base.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Have you heard about the Xoloitzcuintles, the Mexican dog that will guide you to the underworld?
 

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