Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important Mexican tradition. The souls of the dead are believed to return to earth on November 2nd. Families build altars in their homes and visit graveyards to commune with their dead, taking garlands and gifts of the dead one’s favorite foods and objects. A happy atmosphere prevails. Flowers are used in profusion, especially marigolds which have had ceremonial importance since before Spanish times.

Los Posadas is a Christmas custom recreating the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ.  Beginning on the night of December 16th, and continuing each night through the 24th, people gather at the church and process with lighted candles from house to house.  On the final night a selected house will provide travelers with treats, and a piñata for children.

Día de los Reyes Magos (Day of the Three Wise Men) is celebrated on January 6th and recalls the Three Wise Men bringing gifts to the Christ child. On this day friends gather together to celebrate with a sweet bread called ‘rosca’.  Hidden in the bread is a small doll that represents the baby Jesus.  The person who gets the doll in his slice of bread becomes the godfather and is obligated to present a larger figure of the Christ child at church on February 2nd.

Music is a very important part of Mexican culture.  No fiesta is complete without someone producing a guitar for sing-a-long and all the beautiful folk songs that are famous and loved all over the world.  Special events often include a band called a mariachi that consists of singers, brass instruments and guitars.