The city of Los Algodones, México hosts its second annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday November 9th 2013.
Jim and I have gone to the celebration several times, and Jim says, “We’re goin’ for sure.”
The Day of the Dead Celebration is hosted with free bread, sugar skulls, music, beer & margaritas to celebrate this Mexican Holiday.
Some 4,000 people are expected to descend on Los Algodones for the celebration—as the place is becoming a medical boom town, especially for dentistry.
The Day of the Dead is a time honored celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. For Mexicans it is much like Memorial Day in the United States.
It is a tradition for Mexican people to visit cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them.
Los Algodones is growing larger and stronger in popularity with American & Canadian tourists. This free festival is meant give something back to snowbirds that come to Los Algodones to shop, eat and perhaps see a doctor or dentist.
The day of the dead takes a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.
On this festival organized by “ Consejo Turistico Medico de Los Algodones” expect to have a wonderful time watching the dancing shows, enjoy great food and learn more about this mystical holiday.
You will be surprised by all the altars, dance choreography, food and myths Mexicans create for the dead ones. It is a real experience to see the residents of Los Algodones, México celebrate Day of the Dead.
To get to Los Algodones, in California just west of Yuma, Arizona on Highway 8, take the Andrade off-ramp south to Los Algodones. If you don’t want to drive across the border, there is a large parking lot on the U.S. side where you can park your car and walk across the border.
In Los Algodones, the food is great, and you can drink the water!