La Catrina from Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico – November 2019

A young Mexican woman, dressed as La Catrina, a Mexican pop culture icon representing the Death, takes part in the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico. 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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