Mexican family members light candles and pray at the cemetery to honor their deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. Mexican family members light candles and pray at the cemetery to honor their deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico.
A Mexican family gathers at the flower-decorated grave to honor the deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead festivities in Tzurumútaro, Michoacán, Mexico. A Mexican family gathers at the flower-decorated grave to honor the deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead festivities in Tzurumútaro, Michoacán, Mexico.
A young girl, dressed as ‘La Catrina’, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, walks through the town during the Day of the Dead celebration in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. A young girl, dressed as ‘La Catrina’, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, walks through the town during the Day of the Dead celebration in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
Chiseled paper flags (papel picado) are hung over the altar of the dead (altar de muertos), a religious site honoring the deceased, during the Day of the Dead celebration in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Chiseled paper flags (papel picado) are hung over the altar of the dead (altar de muertos), a religious site honoring the deceased, during the Day of the Dead celebration in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
A Mexican woman sits at the flower-decorated gravesite to honor her deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. A Mexican woman sits at the flower-decorated gravesite to honor her deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico.
Mexican musicians play next to a columbarium during the Day of the Dead festivities in the cemetery of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Mexican musicians play next to a columbarium during the Day of the Dead festivities in the cemetery of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
Young couples, costumed as ‘La Catrina’, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, walk through the town during the Day of the Dead festivities in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Young couples, costumed as ‘La Catrina’, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, walk through the town during the Day of the Dead festivities in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
A decorated skeleton figurine is seen at the altar of the dead (altar de muertos), a religious site honoring the deceased, during the Day of the Dead celebration in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. A decorated skeleton figurine is seen at the altar of the dead (altar de muertos), a religious site honoring the deceased, during the Day of the Dead celebration in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
A dog lies at the flower-decorated grave of a child during the Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico. A dog lies at the flower-decorated grave of a child during the Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán, Mexico.
Colorful sugar skull candies are sold on the market during the Day of the Dead festivities in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Colorful sugar skull candies are sold on the market during the Day of the Dead festivities in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.
Mexican families gather at the cemetery, bringing flowers and food offerings, to honor their deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead festivities in Tzurumútaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Mexican families gather at the cemetery, bringing flowers and food offerings, to honor their deceased relatives during the Day of the Dead festivities in Tzurumútaro, Michoacán, Mexico.

Day of the Dead in Michoacán

Michoacán, Mexico – November 2014

Day of the Dead (‘Día de los Muertos’) is a syncretic religious holiday, celebrated throughout Mexico, combining the death venaration rituals of the ancient Aztec culture with the Catholic practice. Based on the belief that the souls of the departed may come back to this world on that day, people gather on the gravesites praying, drinking and playing music, to joyfully remember friends or family members who have died and to support their souls on the spiritual journey.

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