Vallarta Living | October 2009
|Tracking the Heartbeat of Banderas Bay|
Banderas Beat with Laura Gelezunas
Day of the Dead celebrations are right up there with Christmas and Easter as one of the most popular Mexican holidays. In this edition of Banderas Beat, Laura takes a cruise across Lake Pátzcuaro to the island of Janitzio for a closer look at the local color, crafts and food that add another element to one of Mexico's most popular holidays, El Dia de Los Muertos.
Mexico's Day of the Dead is a celebration of life itself, but one tradition really lives up to the name of the holiday. Laura explains the 3500 year old custom of using skulls to decorate alters and grave sites, and explores today's sweeter version of this ancient Aztec tradition.
The area around Patzcuaro is known for its traditional artisans, so Laura shows us some of the local art displayed at the area's fall fair, where Day of the Dead art collectors can enjoy a unique shopping opportunity, and give us a taste of the profound and long-lasting indigenous influence on the regional cuisine that Pátzcuaro area restaurants and street stands offer.
Even the shortest of visits will open your eyes to the extraordinary number of things to see and do in Puerto Vallarta, so we've developed Banderas Beat, a monthly "INFOtainment" program that's not just for tourists - but for anyone with an interest in keeping their fingers on the pulse of the city.
Every month, Banderas News video journalist Laura Gelezunas will use her years of experience as an on-camera reporter in the U.S. along with her extensive knowledge of the Puerto Vallarta area to bring you informative and entertaining video reports covering everything from the hottest places to eat, drink and shop to information about Banderas Bay area attractions, events, and charitable organizations.
So, whether you're a first-time visitor looking for travel advice, inside tips and recommendations or a long-time resident that just wants to keep up with what's new, where it's at, and when it's happening in Puerto Vallarta - you'll find it on Banderas Beat.