MARIGOLDS, SUGAR SKULLS, and tequila-adorned altars — Paz was right. No holiday celebrates death like Día de los Muertos.
Its Aztec roots reach back millennia. Surviving colonial absorption into Catholicism’s All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, the holiday retains the Aztec idea of death as a continuation of life in a parallel form; souls of the departed have an easier time visiting this world on Día de los Muertos, aided by the ofrendas (altars of offerings) the living set out.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best places to catch a celebration, both traditional and modern: