For the first time, the magical town of San Andrés Míxquic, located south of Mexico City, will suspend the traditional Day of the Dead festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities of the Mayor of Tláhuac have confirmed the cancellation of the town festivities that include the famous «Alumbrada», where tribute is paid to the dead who left a memory in this world, and people arrive at the tombs decorated with flowers and light candles.
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On this tour, attended every year by thousands of Mexican and foreign tourists, the pantheon of the Temple of San Andrés fills with light to show the way to the dead.
In an interview with UnoTV, the mayor of Tláhuac, Ryamundo Ramírez Vite, confirmed that «there is suspension of the event».
San Andrés Míxquic is one of the seven villages originating in the Tláhuac delegation and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Between October 31 and November 3, the inhabitants of Míxquic hold festivities that include theater, music, exhibitions, dance, different types of food and offering displays.
Currently, the people of Míxquic are considered within the 158 priority locations of the capital government due to the high number of cases of COVID-19.
Although Míxquic reports only 8 active cases, it has a test positivity rate of 17%, and an incidence of 56.9 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, according to official information.
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