Mexico- The Day of the Dead
85 imagesEl Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead), declared by UNESCO as an “oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity,” is one of Mexico’s most cherished traditions celebrated everywhere but in the colonial city of Oaxaca the cultural richness of these days is well represented by the Comparsas, theatrical performances representing the return of the dead. When the Dia de Muertos arrives the dead, after their long pilgrimage from the other life, arrive on earth tired, so they feast upon the food laid out for them at graves adorned with offerings of food, candies, liquor, cigarettes, evertything their dead enjoyed while alive. In many villages around the city of Oaxaca the graves are wonderfully decorated with candles, flowers and food, illuminated only by a sea of candles, the families speak quietly with beloved departed souls.
59 imagesTHE DAY OF THE DEAD The Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), recently declared by UNESCO as an "oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity," is one of Mexico's most cherished traditions, celebrated in cities and villages countrywide, especially in Michoacàn. During Dia de Muertos the souls of the departed return to earth to visit their earth-bound family and friends. At night in the small graveyard on Janitzio Island, in the middle of Patzcuaro's lake, illuminated only by a sea of candles Purepecha women speak quietly with beloved departed souls at graves adorned with offerings of food, candies, liquor, cigarettes, evertything their dead enjoyed while alive. Far away from well-traveled tourist routes, in the Sierra Madre mountain village of Huautla de Jimenez, Oaxaca, Mazatec Indians still meet their long-gone friends and family in the graveyard, celebrating along with Huehuetones, mysterious masked figures representing the visiting souls from the Underworld.