July 17, 2014

Day of the Dead, Mexico

Photograph by Daniel Kudish

Three young women sport ghoulish, indigo grins to celebrate the dead for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The holiday is a celebratory and sometimes emotional way to remember those who have died. Traditions include trails of marigold petals leading souls from the street to the family home, egg-based pan de muerto, and graveside picnics. The best known ceremonies are located on Mexico's tiny island of Janitzio and in towns like Xoxo outside of Oaxaca city.

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