On November 1st and 2nd, many families in Mexico and around the world celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Not to be confused with Halloween and its costumed troublemakers, tricks, and candy treats on October 31 — Day of the Dead celebrates and honors those who have passed on, as you can see in the photo gallery below, and has ties to the Catholic holidays All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the same dates.
Families gather together to pray, visit cemeteries, and attend festivals and parades honoring deceased loved ones and ancestors. Elaborately decorated masks are worn and faces are painted to look like skulls, which the Aztecs believed were symbols that honored the dead and celebrated rebirth. Many homes set up altars or ofrendas — offerings including photographs, candles, paper banners, marigolds, bread, and other symbolic articles to the deceased — to remember and honor the memory of those who have passed on.
Dia de los Muertos, Zocalo Park in Frontierland 1 of 7Sugar skull with pan de muerto, a traditional sweet egg bread made during Dia de los Muertos.
Photo credit: Lauren Javier
Kids parade 2 of 7The celebration usually includes visiting cemeteries and attending festivals and parades.
Photo credit: daniel.baker
Ballet Folklorico, Riverside California 3 of 7Photo credit: danorth1
Aztec dancers in Riverside, California 4 of 7Photo credit: danorth1
Day of the Dead Family Fest in San Francisco, California 5 of 7Photo credit: sfmission
Dia De Los Muertos parade in Oaxaca 6 of 7Photo credit: Christine Zenino
Ofrenda (offering) 7 of 7This ofrenda (in South Valley, Albuquerque, New Mexico) was constructed in remembrance of women killed along the Texas/Mexico border. There is one sugar skull for every woman who has been found dead.
Photo credit: Glen's Pics
Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos?
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