Photostory: Day of the Dead Parade in Merida, Mexico

 

Photostory: Day of the Dead parade in Merida, Mexico

Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a unique event. Once a year Mexicans welcome spirits of their lost loved ones back to the earth for a day.

The most impressive part of this tradition is a parade with hundreds of people dressed in skull masks.

Scroll down to see the photo story of what’s it’s like to experience Day of the Dead parade in Mexico!

Everything starts with a preparation for the Day of the Dead parade….

Day of the Dead skull masks

People of Merida helping each other to draw their skull masks for the parade

Putting on the Day of the Dead make up

Over the years locals have become so skilled in their Day of the Dead make-up, that they can even earn some extra pesos before the parade.

Putting on the Day of the Dead make up

But when there’s no one around to help, you DIY 🙂

The Day of the Dead altar in Merida, Mexico

While some are getting their parade make up done, others are wokring to build altars for the sprits of their loved ones.

Eating Egg Cake at the Day of the Dead parade in Merida, Mexico

Walking to the parade we could not pass the locals selling their homemade sweets at their doorsteps without trying some. Eating an egg cake here. Deeeliiissshhhh!

The Day of the Dead decorations

The Day of the Dead decorations in Merida, Mexico

It wouldn’t be a real celebration, if there wasn’t themed decorations.

The Day of the Dead Decoration in Merida, Mexico

Everything is decorated starting from streets, parks and ending to people’s homes.

The Day of the Dead Altar in Merida, Mexico

The most important is showing a respect and warm welcome back to the souls by building beautiful altars full of colourful decor and food.

The Day of the Dead celebration in Merida, Mexico

The Day of the Dead celebration is also a good time to see friends you haven’t met for a while.

The Day of the Dead outfit

While some are chatting and catching up, others are proudly showing their beautiful dresses.

The Day of the Dead outfit

La Señorita Mexicana

The Day of the Dead police costume

Everybody fits in the celebration. Even while on a duty.

Children costume for the Day of the Dead

Not everyone wears traditional outfits. 🙂

The Day of the Dead bride costume

This bride will not show off her costume untill it’s gonna be designed to perfection.

Time to go to The Day of the Dead parade

The Day of the Dead costumes

Two hours until the Day of the Dead parade. Must get to the cemetery where it all begins early.

Day of the Dead Parade Merida Mexico

While some are still on the way, others are ready to start.

The Day of the Dead masks

Guests of Merida are also ready for the parade!

 

Child mask for the Day of the Dead parade

Somebody really can’t wait for the start of parade.

The Day of the Dead Children Masks

Always better to be in the group.

The Day of the Dead skull mask

Chillin before the parade.

The Day of the Dead masks

The Day of the Dead if very photogenic!

The Day of the Dad in Merida, Mexico

Lots of pics with new friends are happening here.

Day of the Dead in Merida, Mexico

Watching the nightly sky and being romantic on the Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead in Merida, Mexico

As soon as the twilight comes, cemetery lights up in beautiful colours.

The Day of the Dead in Merida, Mexico

So much photography, videos and even shooting with drones going on here. It doesn’t feel like a cemetery at all today.

The Day of the Dead Parade STARTS!!!

The Day of the Dead parade in Merida, Mexico

The waiting has ended and the parade finally starts! This couple is the grand openers.

The Day of the Dead parade in Merida, Mexico

Gigantic statues are followed by participants of the parade carrying burning candles. It’s finally happening!

The Day of the Dead parade in Meride, Mexico

Some are covered with colourful scarves.

The Day of the Dead parade in Merida, Mexico

Everyone has a special role in the parade

The Day of the Dead decorations

After the parade, it’s time for the real celebration. Everyone walks around admiring the altars for the spirits, that are decorated with photos of deceased ones. In this case though they decorated using the actual deceased one.

The Day of the Dead

There are even thematic cocktails.

Awesome, isn’t it?

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a colourful and festive occasion that honours deceased family members and celebrates their lives. Already historically since the Aztecs times mourning of the dead was considered disrespectful. Death was the next phase of life’s long continuum and deceased ones were kept alive in everyone’s memories. Then once a year these souls returns to earth for a day to visit their families.

This believe is still alive in Mexico nowadays. Therefore each year from November 1st to November 2nd the celebration takes place all over the country, to welcome spirits of deceased loved ones back to earth.  A day before Dia de los Muertos, October 31 is a preparation for the upcoming celebration and also a Halloween celebration. Halloween is not the same thing as The Day of the Dead though. Read more about it here.

Also if you plan to join the Day of the Dead celebration, here’s a quick&easy skull mask tutorial to try it yourself. It’s awesome for Halloween as well!