Day of the dead. Día de muertos

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Bienvenidos, welcome to the day of the Dead. Possibly the most important religious/traditional holiday in Mexico. The day people honour their dead and mock Death. Above: “Desayunos con sabor”, Breakfast with taste.

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Sound engineers on the Plaza.

At the daycare… I kid you not…

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Altars to the dead are raised everywhere. This one is in honour of Juan Rulfo, a major Mexican writer, author of Pedro Páramo.

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No parking.

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Flowers for the dead. The orange “carnation” is called cempasúchil. Cempoáxochil in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.

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“Yo grito vida en este cementerio al que llamamos patría.” I scream (for) Life in this cemetery we call homeland.

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The writer’s desk. A tribute to Juan Rulfo.

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Incense is burned at every altar.

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“Catrinas” (Catherines) represent Death. Not unlike the “Danse macabre” of the Middle Ages in Europe. Developed by José Guadalupe Posada in the 19th century and later named by Diego Rivera, they were a criticism of politics and social practices resulting in extreme poverty.

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A Catarina at night.

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To be continued…

19 thoughts on “Day of the dead. Día de muertos

  1. Wow how elaborate and complex some of these are. I think people who can do these and dress up this way must be very artistic and energetic. Thanks for the pictures. Hugs

  2. Mexico still stirrs up my mind when I such pictures again! But now I have recently also read a feature in our local newspaper about a strange island near Mexico D.F. at Xochimilco, the ghosty Isla de las Muñecas. Have you been there eventually? Take care # Ulli

  3. Pingback: The day of the dead – An exhibit – postcardsedge

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