Friday, November 13, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

In many Latin American countries, including Mexico, November 1 and 2 are days to honor the dead. Families gather to honor their ancestestors and create private alters decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds, and rememberences of their loved ones. November 1 is the Catholic holiday, All Saints Day, and November 2 is All Soul's Day. While in the US, Halloween on October 31 is a scary holiday, Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of loved ones who have gone to the next life. We were in Zacatecas and Durango during the week of these holidays so were able to witness many interesting displays. Here are a few photos of the shrines created to honor loved ones.

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