Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (also known as Día de Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows' Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, festivals and parades are frequently held and people often gather at cemeteries and pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

Dad and Daughter of the Dead by cromwell_schubarth

Untitled by e p d

my dead girl krewe by pixietart

Deadite #1 by b1ackessej

Catrina by jlml99

Día de los Muertos by awaysounds

Suzie Homemaker by Pazmino Photography

Día de los Muertos by MagicMorgan

Mexico City Cathedral day of the dead 35mm by Pierre Kroupensky Fotografo

Skeleton Folklorico by jfpj

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