The Day of the Dead is a most fascinating festival and a celebration of life despite what you might think. Día de los Muertos is about remembering deceased family members and loved ones, showing love and respect for the present.
In 2008, UNESCO added the Day of the Dead to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The festival is believed to have originated with the Nahua people like the Aztecs and Toltecs of Mexico.
The central piece of this celebration is the altar or the ofrenda on which people place photographs of their loved ones that have passed away. Ofrendas are often decorated with marigold petals, although this isn’t a mere decoration. The petals stretch all the way from photographs to the graves, guiding the dead to their families.
A lot of people enjoy dressing up and painting their faces for the festival. Here are some amazing costumes for you to see.