A young couple, costumed as La Catrina, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, takes part in the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico. A young couple, costumed as La Catrina, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, takes part in the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico.
A black cross is seen at a flower-decorated grave during the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico. A black cross is seen at a flower-decorated grave during the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Hand-painted skulls (Calaveras) are seen placed on a street door during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hand-painted skulls (Calaveras) are seen placed on a street door during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico.
A Mexican flower market vendor sell piles of marigold flowers (Flor de muertos) for Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico. A Mexican flower market vendor sell piles of marigold flowers (Flor de muertos) for Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico.
A Mexican woman, wearing a scull mask with a feather headdress, performs on the street during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico. A Mexican woman, wearing a scull mask with a feather headdress, performs on the street during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico.
A young Mexican man, dressed as Mariachi, kisses a hand of a young Mexican woman, dressed as La Catrina, during the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico. A young Mexican man, dressed as Mariachi, kisses a hand of a young Mexican woman, dressed as La Catrina, during the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Young Mexican women, dressed as La Catrina, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Oaxaca, Mexico. Young Mexican women, dressed as La Catrina, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

Oaxaca, 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 gather together while either praying or joyfully eating, drinking, and playing music, to remember friends or family members who have died and to support their souls on the spiritual journey.

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