They leave the dead alone! Little influx of visitors to pantheons in CDMX

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On November 1 and 2, the tradition of Day of the Dead in Mexico. During these days, families go to the pantheon to visit their loved ones who have left this earthly plane; They decorate their graves, place flowers, candles and sometimes food and even toys for the “little dead.”

November 1st is All Saints' Day, a date on which It is believed that the souls of childhood come to visit. From this day the influx begins in the pantheons.

Unlike other years, this Wednesday the first of November is perceived with little influx of families in the cemeteries. Image Group He went to the French Pantheon located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of the Cuauhtémoc mayor's office where there is a low attendance of people at the cemetery.

The flower merchants are the ones who resent it the most. Outside the pantheon Pilar has her position in which invested more than 15 thousand pesos in marigold flowers, velvet, clouds, sunflowers among other species, to sell them by the bunch on the first day of the celebration; After noon sales are low.

“For these dates you always invest a little more. Right now it is something to think about. We are there 24 hours a day, right now it is quiet, possibly tomorrow is when you can see more movement,” Pilar said.

On one side is Marlene, she only sells bouquets and flower arrangements; Marlene says that she has sold, but not like other years, However, he hopes that the situation will improve over the course of the day.

“Flower sales have gone down, it's more about wearing suits and going out to ask for skulls,” said Marlene.

Patiently and while they cut the stems of their flowers, arrange them and put water in them, the flower merchants wait for the arrival of their customers. “How much is these bouquets?” she suddenly heard from the end of the stall. It is Rocío, who came to visit her parents, her grandmother, her uncle and on the way to “the guy from eight,” she says between laughs, because she knows that the remains of Roberto Gómez Bolaños rest there.

“Instead of being sad, missing the family and those who have already gone before us, we have to come visit them and make their grave beautiful,” said Rocío.

In his family it is a tradition that he does not ignore. The same thing happens at Maricela's house, who arrived accompanied by her sister-in-law to visit the grave of one of her aunts. To decorate and fill with life and color where the remains of her relatives lie, they both bought bouquets of flowers that they carry with great affection.

"On birthdays, when there is a reason to put a flower on them, we do it. I believe that if we forget the people who were our ancestors, I believe that we are breaking with family history, so we must preserve traditions for our culture and finally the union." which is what keeps us alive,” said Maricela.

For the peace of mind of the residents of the capital, the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) of Mexico City launched an operation from today until November 3, in which 17,477 police officers participate, with the support of more than 2,000 vehicles. officers. 200 elements from the Government Secretariat of Mexico City also participate to ensure that there are no problems.

During these dates you can visit the pantheons located in each of the municipalities following the following measures:


  • Do not burn fireworks.
  • Do not bring alcoholic beverages, firearms or sharp materials.
  • Walk through the halls, not over the graves.
  • It is prohibited to leave garbage inside cemeteries or burn it inside.
  • Follow signs inside the cemetery.
  • Access with pets is not allowed.


To continue with traditions, on November 1 and 2 some pantheons will extend their hours.

  • Álvaro Obregón Mayor's Office: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Azcapotzalco Mayor's Office: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cuajimalpa Mayor's Office: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Iztapalapa Mayor's Office: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Iztacalco Mayor's Office: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Miguel Hidalgo Mayor's Office: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tlalpan Mayor's Office: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tláhuac Mayor's Office: 8 am until dawn.
  • Xochimilco Mayor's Office: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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