Masks of Mexico Day of the Dead


San Bernardino, United States

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Canon D6. Various colored masks edited to black and red. Edited in PSE and SPE.

Day of the Dead festivities are colorful, lively celebrations, not macabre or scary like Halloween. The belief is that birth and death are inevitable events and both should be celebrated. In some ways, Day of the Dead is actually a celebration of life!

Festivities are generally spread out over 3 days. The celebrations kick off on October 31.Altars are constructed, food and offerings are prepared, flowers are bought and graves are visited and cleaned.

November 1, known as All Saints Day in many countries, is celebrated as Dio de los Inocentes or Dio de los Angelitos, which honors recently departed children.

November 2, All Souls Day, is reserved for the souls of adults who have passed during the year.

One of the most recognizable symbols of Day of the Dead celebrations is a figure known as la Calavera Catrina, a skeleton dressed in upper class attire from the early 20th century. She became a symbol of the Day of the Dead when Diego Riveria painted her in a mural in 1948.

The Aztecs and Mayas, the indigenous peoples of Mexico, celebrated something similar to Day of the Dead, which makes the festival almost 3,000 years old!

Mexico is most prominent in Day of the Dead celebrations, where it’s one of the most important holidays. As Mexicans have migrated to other parts of the world, they’ve brought their unique culture with them, establishing Day of the Dead festivities in other countries too. In most cases, it’s a time for families and communities to come together and honor the dead, celebrate their lives and anticipate the time when all will be reunited in the spirit world.

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