Day of the Dead Skull Photos
You’ve heard of Day of the Dead, but you’re not quite sure what it means. It’s a three day holiday, particularly practiced in Mexico & Central America, where deceased loved ones are celebrated! A lively celebration of the dead from October 31st through November 2nd!
Frances Ann Day sums up the celebration better than I can:
On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
Lots of food is prepared, altars are made with photos of loved ones passed on, and some families have picnics at the cemetery where their family members are buried. Each year the wave of Day of the Dead (or in Spanish, Dia de los Muertos) spreads further into the United States. This year, I’ve seen a lot of sugar skull Halloween costumes!
So, in honor of those in my life who have passed away, I wanted to celebrate Dia de los Muertos for the first time by capturing some Day of the Dead Skull photos.
Cheers to my dad, my grandpa’s, and family friends who are watching over us!