Join your fellow young alumni to celebrate Día de los Muertos in traditional Mexican style this October 31-November 3, 2019.
One of Mexico’s most iconic and significant holidays, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is actually a multiday celebration when family and friends gather to remember and honor their ancestors. Princeton Journeys is pleased to invite our young alumni community to share in this carefully crafted long weekend in Mexico City, where we will participate in this most festive of traditions, all from a distinctly local perspective.
Explore the unrivaled mix of deep cultural heritage and contemporary delights of Mexico City, former Aztec capital and modern-day metropolis. Wander ancient pyramids and ruins, privately tour world-class museums and savor authentic Mexican cuisine. In the beautiful residential area of Coyoacán, one of the city's "Barrios Mágicos," or magical neighborhoods, meet with local families and learn the significance of the Day of the Dead rituals, rooted in both Catholic and Mayan traditions. Join a special graveside vigil and marvel at the cemetery adorned with ofrendas (ornately decorated altars), marigolds, and calacas (colorful skeleton figurines). For those wishing to extend their adventure to the Mexican coast, an option to spend an additional three days in the bohemian beach town of Tulum will be available.
Jessica Mack *19, is a historian of Mexico who earned her PhD in the History Department at Princeton. Her research focuses on urban history, higher education and public life in Mexico City. Her current book project tells the history of the campus construction for the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as a window into social, political and cultural change in midcentury Mexico. She spent several years living and working in Mexico City and enjoys exploring its neighborhoods with new visitors. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University and a fellow in the program's seminar, The University and its Public Worlds.