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Death Takes a Holiday

By Susan Bean Aycock, Fundación En Vía volunteer For 24 hours starting at 3 p.m. on November 1, the cemetery of Teotitlán del Valle was empty — the departed had a day-long pass to visit their homes and families. At least that’s the belief of the people there, celebrating a long tradition of the indigenous… Continue reading Death Takes a Holiday

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Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca Goes Off With a Bang

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A series of juguetes shoot into the night, sending the neighborhood dogs into a barking frenzy. Bam, bam, bam – these handmade fireworks are liberally applied to the open skies of Oaxaca in order to announce birthdays, weddings and other notable events. Unlike traditional fireworks, they do not produce… Continue reading Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca Goes Off With a Bang

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Foraging for Fungi in the Sierra Norte

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland  “These look like cooked chicken.” My companion pinches a chunk of mushroom between two fingers and lifts it to his mouth. “Hmm, tastes like meat too,” he notes, licking a creamy red sauce from his forefinger. I peer down at his open taco, thinking of the wave of horror… Continue reading Foraging for Fungi in the Sierra Norte

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10 Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day from Afar!

Viva México! Viva México! Viva México! Forget Cinco de Mayo, September 16 is the day to celebrate all things Mexican. In case you weren't aware, nobody in Mexico, except for Poblanos*, celebrates Cinco de Mayo. It isn't even observed as an official national Mexican holiday, and it definitely isn't their Independence Day, for those of you who… Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day from Afar!

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Procession of Silence

Last night, being Good Friday, the main pedestrian street was lined with people for an annual tradition known as the Procesión del Silencio or the Procession of Silence. Now in its 28th year, the parade winds its way through the downtown streets of Oaxaca de Juarez, watched by thousands of people who line the route.… Continue reading Procession of Silence