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.
Sound engineers on the Plaza.
At the daycare… I kid you not…
Altars to the dead are raised everywhere. This one is in honour of Juan Rulfo, a major Mexican writer, author of Pedro Páramo.
Flowers for the dead. The orange “carnation” is called cempasúchil. Cempoáxochil in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.
“Yo grito vida en este cementerio al que llamamos patría.” I scream (for) Life in this cemetery we call homeland.
The writer’s desk. A tribute to Juan Rulfo.
Incense is burned at every altar.
“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.
A Catarina at night.
To be continued…
19 thoughts on “Day of the dead. Día de muertos”
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
You’re welcome. There are booths everywhere to give “Catrina” make-ups. Kids love it. 🙂
Very interesting. Catarinas everywhere!
Yes. Everywhere! 🙂 (And more to come in the next post)
This surely is macabre! Very interesting though and beautiful photo’s!
Vision colorée de la mort, aux antipodes de la nôtre… Réjouissant 🙂
Aux antipodes c’est le mot. 🙂
I believe this is what is called: not doing things by halves 😉
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
No, I hadn’t heard of it, though I have gone several times to Xochimilco. Just looked it up. Very creepy…
Take care too.
very very and I mean very cool Brian ❤ and the daycare too….taking that stuff seriously ❤
Yeah! The daycare! I took that on Monday as I picked up grandbaby. The kids love that stuff.
It’s amazing the tremendous effort people put in to these events. It must be quite a sight.
It is possibly the strongest Mexican tradition. The cult of the dead actually comes from pre-colombian traditions. Centuries if not thousands of years ago.
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excluding the skeletons and skulls a very colourful day for sure! 🙂