A fruit offering is seen placed on a stone cross amongst the flower-decorated graves at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico. A fruit offering is seen placed on a stone cross amongst the flower-decorated graves at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico.
A Mexican girl plays a trumpet at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico. A Mexican girl plays a trumpet at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico.
A row of flower-decorated wooden crosses is erected along the way to a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico. A row of flower-decorated wooden crosses is erected along the way to a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico.
A Mexican indigenous woman walks amongst the flower-decorated graves at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico. A Mexican indigenous woman walks amongst the flower-decorated graves at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico.
Grave crosses, decorated with marigold flowers, are seen at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico. Grave crosses, decorated with marigold flowers, are seen at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico.
A young Mexican woman, dressed as La Catrina, plays a flute at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico. A young Mexican woman, dressed as La Catrina, plays a flute at a cemetery during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Ayutla, Mexico.

Day of the Dead

Ayutla, Mexico – November 2019

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), a religious holiday combining the death veneration rituals of Pre-Hispanic cultures with the Catholic practice, is widely celebrated throughout all of Mexico. Based on the belief that the souls of the departed may come back to this world on that day, people visit cemeteries, colorfully adorned with marigold flowers, to remember family relatives or friends who have died and to support their souls on the spiritual journey.

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