The Day of the Dead is more than just sugar skull make-up and colorful getups; it’s a day of remembrance.
The Mexican holiday, celebrated on the first and second day of November, is a time when families commemorate the loved ones they’ve lost with beautiful altars and lively visits to their graves — but it’s also when many reflect on the fragility of life. That means the holiday is a time to embrace both life and death, recognizing the shortness of the former and the inevitably of the latter in a colorful and festive celebration.
While el Da de Muertos has its origins in Mexico, the holiday is celebrated by many around the world. To capture the haunting beauty of celebrating the dead, we compiled 35 photos of Day of the Dead celebrations around the world. Take a look below:
- Michoacan, Mexico
- California, U.S.
- Oklahoma, U.S.
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Morelia, Mexico