Unforgettable faces of Mexico’s Day of the Dead
Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos is a colourful celebration of life and culture. Here are some images of the faces and people of Patzcuaro and Morelia in the state of Michoacan, where Day of the Dead traditions are still very much alive.
Elegant figures of female skeletons cruise the streets during the days leading up to Day of the Dead. Originally created by Jose Guadalupe Posada to satirize people who abandoned their Mexican heritage for that of European aristocracy, catrinas have grown to become a symbol for Dia de los Muertos itself.
A procession of children dressed as bride and groom calaveras ( skeletons).
Social commentary is an important part of Day of the Dead. La Danza de los Viejitos is a humorous dance where dancers dressed as elderly campesinos poke fun at Spnaish conquistadors.
The catarina figurines made of marzipan and/or wax are intricate and beautiful.
Two Morelia teenagers dressed as the skeletal figures of las catarinas
Processions in Patzcuaro are a rare opportunity to experience the living culture of Mexico’s Day of the Dead.
Everyone is happy to pose for a Day of the Dead photo near the cathedral in Morelia
Get instructions from professional face painter Lilly Walters on How to do Day of the Dead Sugar Skull face-painting
For a full listing of Day of the Dead activities in Patzcuaro for 2014, see the Day of the Dead Activities Schedule
For details on how to take the bus to Patzcuaro, where to stay, what to eat, see Complete Travel Guide to Patzcuaro.
For more on Dia de los Muertos culture and traditions, see Countdown to Mexico’s Day of the Dead.
Details on visiting a cemetery in Oaxaca City for Day of the Dead, see Cemetery Tripping in Oaxaca City
Visit the official tourism website for Michoacan Tourism