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El Dia de los Muertos

one eye ghoul


Portals opening

Spirits visiting
Boundaries merging
Offrendas honoring
Vigils mourning
Cemeteries flowering
Feasts comforting
Skeletons dancing
Catrinas playing
Sugar skulls grinning
The dead are with us again



Day of the Dead– Altars and Cemeteries

indigenous women andmarigolds

The Day of the Dead is the day when the spirit world merges with the corporeal world. In the Central Highlands of Mexico it is celebrated by decorating graves with flowers, usually marigolds, and by altars honoring the dead in public places and in homes. These images were taken in Amealco, El Bote and San Ildefonso, primarily indigenous towns near Querétaro City.

altar and choir

altar detail


celebrating life

Cemetario San Ildefonso

El diablo

lighting the candle


Katrinas, Amealco, Mexico

red eye skull Hotel Amealco

Katrinas are the ubiquitous symbol of El Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) in Mexico. They are sculptures of skeletons, most often female, usually but not always, dressed in Victorian clothing and  sporting a Victorian era hat. I was in Amealco, Mexico, a small city in the central highlands, this year on El Dia.  These Katrinas were part of an altar in the courtyard of the Hotel Amealco where my partner and I were staying.

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The tradition in the Almealco area is for families to decorate graves of deceased family members with flowers, most often marigolds, and to visit the graves on El Dia. I will post images. I will share some of the images I took in a future post.