Fall is a lovely time of year to travel – even if it’s just down the road to view the awesomeness of the trees changing their colors. I love to travel in fall because quite simply, everywhere is less busy and also, a bit cheaper. And even though summer festival season is over, there are still plenty of amazing events and holidays in the fall that are worth a visit. Like these:
1. Day of the Dead - Mexico
Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations are even more colorful than the riots of yellow, orange, red and brown hues of New England's forests. Travelers respectful of Mexico's cultural heritage will always find a warm welcome from locals re-enacting ancient customs. El Dia de Muertos honors deceased children on 1st November each year, followed by celebrations held in memory of deceased adults on 2nd November. Look closely and you'll notice every ofrenda (shrine) includes photographs of those who passed away. Candles and cempasuchil, the Aztec marigold or Flower of the Dead, decorate each ofrenda. Across Mexico, each community has its own special way in which they celebrate El Dia de Muertos. The three best known celebrations are held at Patzcuaro and Janitzio, Michoacán and San Andres Mixquic in Tlahuac, Mexico City, the latter being the least somber occasion.