San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, is where I experienced Day of the Dead. It didnt offer the special activities found in Oaxaca or Patzcuaro; but I found it interesting enough.
Throughout the city, every restaurant, hotel, store, public place, etc set up beautiful alters in many different forms. They all included flowers, fruits, and other food, and a photo of the deceased person being honoured.
Families take this time to visit the grave site of departed family members. It is a time to clean the grave, freshen it up, etc. I visited the only cemetary in San Cristobal which almost seemed like a small town with the many buildings there. Unlike the majority of our gravesides in Canada, here there are some very elaborate structures.
Day of the Dead was a special celebration to experience and very much brought to mind my own departed family members.