A Week Of Images
Celebrating the Day of the Dead
With the idea that the dead are partying with their loved ones, many people
dress up to represent the dead, and they'll portray them in their finest form.
The dead are often portrayed as bride and groom - because presumably
a persons wedding day will have been one of their happiest, and they will
have been dressed up and looking their finest. These young participants
seem to be confusing this celebration a little with Halloween - which is
a completely different gig... but oh well!
A holiday typically celebrated November 1st, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of those who have gone before us. It is believed that the dead would be insulted if we were to be mournful in their remembrance - so we are to celebrate with food, music, dance and parties... things they would have enjoyed. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones. And so you will see people dressed as calacas (skeletons) or wearing calavera (skull) masks... portraying the dead brought to life. They will be dancing about happily, enjoying themselves, often in fancy clothes - posing and entertaining. Calacas and calaveras appear everywhere during the holiday: as dolls, in paintings, even as candies. There's nothing creepy about it... it's joyful and beautiful and so much fun!
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