There is a long-standing belief in Mexican culture that on the first two days of November, during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the souls of loved ones who have passed revisit the realm of the living. In honor of the ancestors, it is customary to leave offerings including pan de muerto (bread of the dead), calacas (decorated skulls & skeletons), Tequila and brightly colored art and flowers on altars meant to commemorate their lives. For those who observe Día de los Muertos, it is a celebration and one in which the residents of Puerto Vallarta pull out all the stops for.
Día de los Muertos celebrations in Puerto Vallarta commence on November 1st with a street festival on Calle Agustín Rodríguez which will include contests, food, cultural exhibitions, pan de muerto tastings and fireworks. On November 2nd, altars created by locals are on display. This historic celebration gives tourists an intimate glimpse into Mexican heritage, art and culture.
For more information on Día de los Muertos celebrations, visit: http://visitpuertovallarta.com/news/2011/10/puerto-vallarta-plans-day-of-the-dead-extravaganzas/.