Party in The Graveyard! Mexico's Day of The Dead

Published October 31st, 2019 - 06:52 GMT

As Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead, parades and processions have taken place in Mexico City and other towns, featuring representations of the character of La Catrina, frightful skeletons, and other icons of death and the underworld. 

The holiday begins when people honor departed family members as they celebrate death as part of life. Mexico City’s parade has grown bigger each year as the holiday becomes a part of Halloween festivities outside of Mexico.

The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration and remembrance of friends and family who have died and embarked on their spiritual journey through the afterlife. 

The two-day festival stems from the continuation of ancient Aztec rituals meant to honor those who had died. During the festival, people are encouraged to gather and pray to help those who departed on their spiritual paths.
 

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Ingrid Lopez is made up as Catrina by the artist Ixchel Garcia during a costume and makeup rehearsal for the Mega-Procession of the Catrinas in Mexico City. Omar Torres / AFP / Getty

Ingrid Lopez is made up as Catrina by the artist Ixchel Garcia during a costume and makeup rehearsal for the Mega-Procession of the Catrinas in Mexico City. Omar Torres / AFP / Getty

A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty

A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty

A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City  Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty

A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty

Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City (Twitter)

Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City (Twitter)

Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City  Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City  Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

A costumed participant walks in the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

A costumed participant walks in the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Ingrid Lopez is made up as Catrina by the artist Ixchel Garcia during a costume and makeup rehearsal for the Mega-Procession of the Catrinas in Mexico City. Omar Torres / AFP / Getty
A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty
A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City  Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty
Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City (Twitter)
Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City  Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City  Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
A costumed participant walks in the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Ingrid Lopez is made up as Catrina by the artist Ixchel Garcia during a costume and makeup rehearsal for the Mega-Procession of the Catrinas in Mexico City. Omar Torres / AFP / Getty
Ingrid Lopez is made up as Catrina by the artist Ixchel Garcia during a costume and makeup rehearsal for the Mega-Procession of the Catrinas in Mexico City. Omar Torres / AFP / Getty
A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty
A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty
A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City  Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty
A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty
Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City (Twitter)
Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City (Twitter)
Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City  Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City  Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
Annual Catrinas Parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
A costumed participant walks in the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
A costumed participant walks in the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
People take part in the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City  Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty
Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty