LAND OF EXTREMES: Dia de los Muertos: a modern legacy

Mictēcacihuātl, Lady of the Dead

The Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de los Muertos, is a popular tradition in Mexican culture. At its heart, the multi-day celebration stands as a gathering in remembrance of passed family and friends and as a chance to honor and support their journey in the afterlife. Today, Dia de los Muertos stands as a public holiday on the southern side of the border, and has even been classified by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

These modern celebrations and observances continue to grow in popularity and represent a merging of cultures, including their association with Western Christian traditions like All Saints Day and All Souls Day. However, the earliest origins of the holiday hold in their roots the traditions and culture of the region’s earlier indigenous peoples.

LAND OF EXTREMES: Dia de los Muertos: a modern legacy

Children ready to color decorative skulls

LAND OF EXTREMES: Dia de los Muertos: a modern legacy

Guests celebrate by making decorative jars

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