Dia de los Muertos – Celebrating the Dead

People swarm by in ornate costumes, their white are faces painted lavishly as skeletons, they march slowly holding candles, celebrating in the same breathe their joy for life and their respect for death. It’s Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, a Mexican celebration to honor the lives of past friends and family members.

Like most things Mexican, the celebration takes on a lively and colorful tone. Ornate alters are created for everyone honored, and loved items of the person are placed upon them, from a favorite stuffed animal, a favorite food, to a favorite tequila. Each participating culture both throughout Mexico and beyond has made the holiday its own, however the bright marigold flowers and decorated candy skulls have become synonymous symbols of the holiday world-wide.

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