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The Mexican state of Oaxaca pronounced (Woh-hah-kah) is the fifth-largest state in Mexico and is bordered by the states of Puebla and Veracruz on the north, Guerrero on the west, Chiapas on the east and by the Pacific Ocean on the south. The state of Oaxaca Mexico has a very diverse population. Its 3.3 million people are made up of descendents from 15 different groups including the Zapotec, Mixtec, Chatino, Trique and Mixe peoples. They speak over 14 languages and 90 dialects. The terrain of the state of Oaxaca directly influences this cultural diversity as the mountain ranges and valleys separate the villages, and these isolated areas have developed their own languages, foods and customs. Oaxaca Mexico is considered one of the richest states in Mexico, for its expressions of culture and history and for its mix of prehispanic treasures and colonial patrimony. Oaxaca Mexico is also known for its music, dance, painting, traditions, and culinary arts. There is no better place in Mexico to take part in a festival than in Oaxaca. In Oaxaca there is an event or festival every week. A popular festival in Oaxaca is Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead in English, which is celebrated throughout Mexico but it is especially vibrant in Oaxaca. The celebration takes place on November 1st & 2nd and is a time when the deceased can return to earth and celebrate with the living the festival involves costumes candles with food and music, much of Oaxaca's art, and many of the crafts produced here are based around a Day of the Dead theme

Oaxaca City
Puerto Escondito

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