Beautiful Photos of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Painted skulls Dia de Los Muertos

Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday held annually between October 31st and November 1st to honor the deceased. The celebration is traditionally broken into three days, All Hallows Eve on October 31st, All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. While the holiday has evolved over time, scholars believe its origins can be traced back nearly three millenia to ancient Aztec rituals honoring the dead.

In present day Mexico, it is common for living relatives of the deceased to build small altars in tribute to their loved ones. Various items are placed on these altars, including those things the departed enjoyed during life. Often, friends and relatives will visit the gravesite of a loved one and offer the favorite food of the deceased or a bottle of mezcal while praying in rememberance and celebration. Other common elements of the holiday include ornate Christian symbols, colorful Marigold flowers, "Catrina" figurines, candied skulls and facepaint.

This unique holiday makes for a colorful and stunning visual spectacle. We've collected some of the best photos of Dia de los Muertos from around the web below.

Catrina figure Day of the Dead

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