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Celebrations of the Day of the Dead 2021 that you can see online | Digital Trends Spanish


There is no doubt that the Day of the Dead is the most international Mexican tradition. Either for the movies Specter from agent 007 or by the popular Coconut by Disney and Pixar, or by the efforts of the Mexican Government to promote the holiday, the Day of the Dead is a commemoration of great international attraction. And although events such as the Day of the Dead 2021 parade will return in 2021, which is attended by a significant number of international tourists, there are other options to enjoy the Day of the Dead 2021 online.

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In this article we will concentrate some of the options to enjoy the Day of the Dead 2021 online, including museum collections that you can view through the Google Arts & Culture initiative, streaming plays, and of course, Mexico City’s 2021 Day of the Dead parade.

Celebrations of the Day of the Dead 2021 that you can see online

Although the commemoration of the Day of the Dead varies throughout Mexico, the tradition is more or less homogeneous in the presence of catrinas (skulls adorned with Porfirian clothing, that is, from the early twentieth century) and marigold flower ornaments. .

However, the Day of the Dead is a celebration with a lot of cultural richness, so our first option is the Google digital collection.

Day of the Dead online with Google Arts & Culture

An image from the Day of the Dead collection from Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture is broadly a Google initiative to digitize culture, and its section alluding to the Day of the Dead has dozens of collections, including those of the Dolores Olmedo Museum, National Museum of Popular Cultures, Popular art museum and even some from museums abroad, such as the Smithsonian Latino Center, which is in Washington.

Another of the collections that we highly recommend is the allusive to literary skulls, a genre that combines verses with rhymes and a sense of humor. In addition, it is a tradition whose charm is practically reserved for Spanish speakers, because although it would be possible to translate a literary skull, it is likely that some of its charm will be lost in the process.

Also, have you ever wondered where the catrinas come from? Well you will find the answer in the collection of José Guadalupe Posada, the Mexican illustrator and printmaker who popularized the concept of las catrinas.

An image of the pantheon of San Andrés Mixquic, in Mexico City

Finally, our last recommendation on the Day of the Dead collection from Google Arts & Culture are virtual tours through different pantheons of Mexico. We suggest that this experience be done using a virtual reality viewer, although the visit can also be done from a computer or tablet. And if you ask us where to start, do it with the walk through the pantheon of San Andrés Mixquic, in the Tláhuac mayoralty of Mexico City, or the municipal pantheon of Comitán de Chiapas, south of Mexico.

La Llorona in Xochimilco in streaming

The play La Llorona in Xochimilco, also available in streaming

Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, is the scene of one of the most emblematic theatrical works of the Day of the Dead, and although to enjoy the experience it is necessary to travel to the capital of Mexico and embark on a trajinera (a compact rowing boat) and reach the Tlilac lagoon, for this year it is possible to see the work La Llorona in Xochimilco in streaming.

Tickets to see La Llorona in Xochimilco in streaming are on sale on the Ticketmaster page for $ 173 Mexican pesos, approximately $ 8.5 dollars. The work also has English subtitles, so if you want to show some Anglo-Saxon people a bit of Mexican traditions, this is a good idea.

La Llorona in Xochimilco

Day of the Dead parade 2021 online

An image of the 2019 Day of the Dead parade in CDMX

Another option to enjoy the Day of the Dead remotely is the online transmission of the parade, which will take place on Sunday, October 31 at 12 PM in Mexico City.

If you follow us from another country, such as the United States or Spain, we will share with you the time in which you will be able to watch the transmission, which will have the channel’s YouTube channel Televisa newscasts.

Day of the Dead parade 2021: United States timetables

  • 10 AM Pacific Time
  • 11 AM Mountain time
  • 12 PM Central Time
  • 1 PM Eastern Time

Day of the Dead parade 2021: schedule in Spain

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