Day of the Dead
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Just a small entry to explain about Day of the Dead..
They day started off quite terribly, as we were all slightly hungover and we headed to the bar where you get food with your beer with everyone from the hostel. The bar was hilarious, it was full of locals and they were singing along to an average halloween band and then laughing along to an unfunny comedian. Granted I can't speak fluent Spanish but it seemed his act consisted of finding out where members of the audience came from and then singing the same song over and over again but substituting the place names. The food was ok, but it was too much for me to cope with on a hangover and we decided to split.
Our hostel owner had assured us that all Day of the Dead celebrations were that evening and that there was absolutely nothing to see in the morning. Unfortunately as we wondered aimlessly towards the Zocalo we noticed that they were packing away all the altars and everything seemed to be grinding to a halt rather than picking up. We headed to the tourist information and they said all celebrations were in the morning and there was very little to see in the evening. We were pretty mad as the only reason we stayed in Merida so long was because we had heard they had amazing Day of the Dead celebrations. Thankfully we managed to coax further information out of the info man and he told us about a procession that would be taking place that evening, which was a reinactment of the mornings events. It was brilliant!! Everyone was so into it and they were all having such a good time, so our day was entirely salvaged in a few hours. We may have missed the altars in the Zocalo but the evening celebrations would have far outdone them. The face paints were great, the characters were great and the enthusiasm was catching. We had a really good time following along with the procession.
We then headed to the Noche Mexicana market and wondered around whilst eating Flan Napolitana (me) and Lemon Pie (Tim), Yum. It was a really good night and I would say it was worth the extra couple of days in Merida. Photos are on the previous blog.