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!
And if you are thinking to participate yourself, choose or your quick Dia de Los Muertos Mask HERE ! learn how to draw it yourself
Everything starts with a preparation for the Day of the Dead parade…
People of Merida helping each other to draw their skull masks for the parade
Over the years locals have become so skilled in their Day of the Dead makeup, that they can even earn some extra pesos before the parade.
But when there’s no one around to help, you DIY 🙂
While some are getting their parade make up done, others are working to build altars for the spirits of their loved ones.
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
It wouldn’t be a real celebration if there wasn’t themed decorations.
Everything is decorated starting from streets, parks and ending to people’s homes.
The most important is showing a respect and a warm welcome back to the souls by building beautiful altars full of colorful decor and food.
The Day of the Dead celebration is also a good time to see friends you haven’t met for a while.
While some are chatting and catching up, others are proudly showing their beautiful dresses.
La Señorita Mexicana
Everybody fits in the celebration. Even while on a duty.
Not everyone wears traditional outfits. 🙂
This bride will not show off her costume until it’s gonna be designed to perfection.
Time to go to The Day of the Dead parade
Two hours until the Day of the Dead parade. Must get to the cemetery where it all begins early.
While some are still on the way, others are ready to start.
Guests of Merida are also ready for the parade!
Somebody really can’t wait for the start of the parade.
Always better to be in the group.
Chillin before the parade.
The Day of the Dead is very photogenic!
Lots of pics with new friends are happening here.
Watching the nightly sky and being romantic on the Day of the Dead.
As soon as the twilight comes, cemetery lights up in beautiful colors.
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 waiting has ended and the parade finally starts! This couple is the grand openers.
Gigantic statues are followed by participants of the parade carrying burning candles. It’s finally happening!
Some are covered with colorful scarves.
Everyone has a special role in the parade
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.
There are even thematic cocktails.
Awesome, isn’t it?
Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos is a colorful and festive occasion that honors 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 return to earth for a day to visit their families.
This belief 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, It’s awesome for Halloween as well! here’s a quick&easy skull mask tutorial to try it yourself.
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