Day of the Dead

Nov 14, 2011 by

Mexico is a predominantly Catholic country, so it has a lot more holidays steeped in its faith. The Day of the Dead falls right after halloween and is the way they honour  loved ones who have passed on. There are monuments and memorial displays all over the city and in the graveyards. People come to pay their respects. In Centro, on the Square, hundreds of people gather in a parade lead by a donkey pulling a cart with beer – which was handed out to the people following the cart (not sure yet how that part fits into the religious practice, but it certainly garnerd a lot of attention and attendence!). The parade went from monument to monument, where people had set up beautiful and sometimes elaborate displays of a dead loved one – pictures, candles all lit, decorations, knick knacks etc. The parade went on for over an hour.

Many people dressed up for the occassion. The women dressed as “Katrina” – the females skeleton representative of this holiday. There was music, dancing, laughter and great fun. Even the local theatre company put on a theatrical event, including a scene from Caberet – this year, for the first time. It was a really cool experience. Here are some of the photos we took that night:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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