Wordless Wednesday: The Day of the Dead

The evening began with a gorgeous sunset as we left Villa Coronado.

The evening began with a gorgeous sunset as we left Villa Coronado.

Dio de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that honors those who have passed. Families celebrate the lives of the dead, and pray for them, to help them on their spiritual journey. It is a tradition that dates back to the Aztec, and their celebration and ritual regarding the Lady of the Dead.

On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations. -Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature.

I thought Cozumel might have a big celebration during the 3 days, but though there were examples on the plaza, there wasn’t a fiesta or party. Going to the cemetery seemed like an intrusion, so I did not go there and cannot tell you what happened there.

Enjoy the photos of The Day of the Dead! I think it is a fascinating tradition…I love the skulls and imagery of skeletons!

Holding hands with ... a dead guy?

Holding hands with … a dead guy?

Muertos.

Muertos.

A pretty display with treats and flags....and skeletons!

A pretty display with treats and flags….and skeletons!

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The displays were so fascinating! In our culture skeletons are "scary", but not here in Mexico!

The displays were so fascinating! In our culture skeletons are “scary”, but not here in Mexico!

Artists display their wares.

Artists display their wares.

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This guy totally photobombed!

This guy totally photobombed!

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I loved this altar, it was clearly done with much love.

I loved this altar, it was clearly done with much love.

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Cheerful colors!

Cheerful colors!

Indoor Display

Indoor Display

An indoor display...lots of candy, but I didn't take any!

An indoor display…lots of candy, but I didn’t take any!

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  1. Thanks for the fun, colorful photos. The photo-bomb guy made me laugh.

  2. The more I learn about this celebration, the more I like it. Great photos, and that photo bomb guy is the bomb! LOL

  3. I have Spanish friends that celebrate this holiday here in Pennsylvania. I think it is a beautiful way to memorialize and to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. As a Catholic we will celebrate All Souls Day next Sunday. We go to Mass, mention our passed loved ones names, light candles, eat and go visit the graves.

  4. Living in Southern California, Day of the Dead is a big holiday which I’ve come to appreciate more and more over time. Love your photos. They tell such a great story.
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  5. I love the ceremony and the ritual associated with Day of the Dead. Great photos and wonderful historical background! Thanks Tam!

  6. Such a fascinating tradition of which I know nothing. Thank you for sharing the super photos (love that very first one!!).

  7. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Your photos are beautiful. Someday I’d like to visit Mexico when Day of the Dead is going on. It sounds so interesting.

  8. you had the experience I hoped to have in Santa Fe. I’m coming with you, next time!

  9. Carolann says:

    Wow, you always have such fun adventures! Love the pics. What a blast! I love the creative energy around Halloween. It really makes life alive with color and excitement.

  10. Barbara Free says:

    What fun !!

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