Day of the Dead in Guanajuato, an experience full of mysticism and color


Like every year, the Day of the Dead in Guanajuato is celebrated in style with parades, altars, contests, exhibitions and night tours. Live it!

One of the most significant dates for Mexicans is approaching, the Day of the Dead; For this reason, from the last days of October to the first days of November, festivities alluding to the date are organized throughout the national territory, such as the Day of the Dead in Guanajuato, which surprises locals and visitors every year with endless activities.

Main attractions of the Day of the Dead in Guanajuato

This 2023 Guanajuato will celebrate the Fifth Day of the Dead Festival from October 31 to November 5 and the Michoacan cities of Morelia and Pátzcuaro will be the guests of honor. These are the main events of the festival:

Parade of Skulls and Catrinas

Hundreds of people wearing skull and catrina costumes and makeup will parade through the main streets of Guanajuato. Additionally, anyone can join the convoy. The appointment is at the Jardín de Embajadoras, on November 1st at 4:00 p.m.

Altar of the Dead on the Stairs of the University of Guanajuato

Another of the festival’s star events is the monumental altar that the University of Guanajuato (UG) mounts on the iconic stairs of its central building. Likewise, the altar is thematic, and each year it commemorates outstanding figures in our history. It is worth admiring for its monumentality: a thousand candles, chopped paper, food, flowers and other traditional elements.

Exhibition of traveling mummies in the underground streets

The famous mummies of Guanajuato could not be missing from this event, therefore, on Miguel Hidalgo Street, known as Subterránea, 10 mummies that were exhumed from the Santa Paula Pantheon will be exhibited in glass booths. Free access.

Display of floral mats

These rugs have also become a landmark in the city because their beauty reflects the talent of Guanajuato artisans. Likewise, they are made with brightly colored sawdust, seeds, flower petals and other natural materials that are placed along three kilometers in the main streets of the Historic Center.

Additionally, their designs represent the iconography of the holiday: religious themes, the duality of life and death, and nature. The exhibition begins on November 2 at 7:00 a.m.


The festival will not lack contests that will reward the creativity of the participants with prizes in cash and in kind. These are the confirmed events:

Offering competition. The exhibition will take place in the Plaza de los Ángeles. Schedule to be confirmed.

Catrine contest. The event is on November 1st in the Plazuela del Músico.

Contest of alfeñiques, cajeta and bread of the dead. The meeting is on November 2nd starting at 10:00 a.m. at the House of Culture and in the Plazuela de San Roque.

Other events that we recommend are the night tour of the Santa Paula Pantheon; the special religious masses that are celebrated on the occasion of the holiday in the city’s Basilica; and finally, participate in one of the “macabre” alleyways organized by the Estudiantentina de Guanajuato through the narrow streets of the city.

Finally, most activities are free of charge. Confirm dates and times with festival organizers.

Source: Mexico Desonocido