Photos Of Mexico's Day Of The Dead Celebrations Show That Death Isn't Always Somber

The annual Mexican tradition of celebrating the Day of the Dead brings out performance, costumes, and a whole lot of fun.

Costumed people wearing skull makeup and head gear play flutes and other instruments

Each year, cities all over Mexico see streets filled with people dressed in stunning, ornate costumes, their faces painted as skulls, as they come together to celebrate the Day of the Dead, Día de Muertos. The centuries-old tradition maintains that death is a natural part of life and that remembering the dead should be joyful. For the days of festivities, the deceased return to Earth to feast, dance, and party with their loved ones. Especially after a season of darkness and isolation over the pandemic, perhaps a glimpse of these images can encourage and inspire people outside of Mexico to think differently about mourning those who have died.


Person upside down in the air in front of a crowd
Person with skull  paint surrounded by ornate head gear with colorful flowers
Bright-costumed person wearing skull mask
People wearing skull paint and bright yellow costumes holding guns in the air
People in skull makeup and colorful costumes walking
Two women wearing very bright costumes
Two people perform next to a structure of vaults lined with recesses for urns
A person wearing a colorful dress, long white wig, and skull face paint walks in front of a wall with graffiti
An array of food, including an ear of corn and a bowl of raw vegetables, on a rug and a cloth depicting drawings of skulls and other items
A man with a skull mask stands amid other decorations including skeletons
A person wearing a bright red outfit and large, wide-brimmed hat looks at the camera
Brightly colored Mexican folk art sculpture of fantastical creature
People with painted skull faces and holding candles walk along the street


A large skeleton is elevated above the parade crowd


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