As part of the Day of the Dead celebrations this year, Puerto Vallarta intends to create the largest catrina in the world, measuring 25 meters, on the Malecon the following week.
According to José Ludvig Estrada Virgen, director of Municipal Tourism and Culture, “On the 27th [October], the catrina will be there and you can see it. We already have all of the palm trees sponsored by hotels and businesses, who participate by purchasing and designing catrinas.We are also working with the altars, in coordination with the Vallarta Institute of Culture, so that tourists and locals who arrive can take away a great experience of our traditions.
The catrina in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco, now holds the record for being the tallest in the world, standing at 15 meters tall.
Twenty catrinas and hundreds of altars were on show in Puerto Vallarta last year, which became a “must-see” in Instagram images for both tourists and residents.
The “Da de Muertos” celebrations in Puerto Vallarta feature a variety of events, including folkloric ballet performances, art exhibits, parades, mariachi bands, competitions for altars and catrinas, among many others, so that both locals and visitors from other countries can take part in the customary celebration in memory of loved ones who have passed away.
The Day of the Dead, also known as Da de Muertos, is a tradition that originated in Aztec civilization and is widely regarded as the most symbolic of Mexican culture.
Da de Muertos was designated as a Mexican Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 2008. A comparable holiday called Dia dos Finados is celebrated in Brazil, but it does not share the same pre-Hispanic origins as the Day of the Dead.