People in Mexico and other Latin American countries have been celebrating Da de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, for the past two days, paying homage to departed family members and honouring death as a part of life. The parades include depictions of the character La Catrina, terrifying skeletons, and other symbols of death and the underworld.
Pictures from the Day of the Dead, 2022
Día de Muertos or Día de los Muertos is a holiday that is traditionally observed on November 1 and 2, though other dates, such as October 31 or November 6, may be included depending on the region. These celebrations can take on an incredible tone as celebrants recall amusing events about the deceased. Here are a few images from Mexico, Peru, the United States, and other places.
#15 San Pablo Autopan cemetery
A long-exposure shot of the San Pablo Autopan cemetery on November 1, 2022, during Day of the Dead celebrations in San Pablo Autopan, Mexico.
People dressed as skulls take part in the traditional Mayan commemoration of the dead Hanal Pixan, or Paseo de las Animas (“Parade of the Souls”), on October 28, 2022, during Day of the Dead celebrations in Mérida, Mexico.
On November 1, 2022, a traditional Da de Muertos offering is set up in the Atzompa graveyard in Atzompa, Mexico.
#11 Yucatán community representation of the souls of the dead
On October 31, 2022, a couple dressed as Animas, a Yucatán community representation of the souls of the dead, is photographed during the performance of La Vaqueria de las Animas in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
#10 Tenancingo de Degollado
In Tenancingo de Degollado, Mexico, a woman dresses up in preparation for the Day of the Dead on October 29, 2022.
#9 Fiesta del Ayote, in the municipality of Tonacatepeque
On November 1, 2022, in San Salvador, El Salvador, a person dressed as a mythological character watches the traditional Calabiuza, or Fiesta del Ayote, in the municipality of Tonacatepeque.
#8 Dead parade in the Sunset Park neighbourhood of New York City’s Brooklyn borough
On October 30, 2022, people take part in a Day of the Dead parade in the Sunset Park neighbourhood of New York City’s Brooklyn borough.
#7 Festival de los Altares, an 18-meter-tall Catrina sculpture
During the Festival de los Altares, an 18-meter-tall Catrina sculpture sits in the streets of Zapotlanejo as part of the preparations for Day of the Dead in Mexico on October 29, 2022.
#6 An Indigenous woman decorates the grave of a loved one
On November 1, 2022, an Indigenous woman decorates the grave of a loved one with cempaschil (marigolds) at a cemetery in San Miguel Canoa, Puebla, Mexico.
#5 People walk through the Nueva Esperanza cemetery
On November 1, 2022, people walk through the Nueva Esperanza cemetery in Lima’s shantytown Villa Mara. Peruvian authorities have restored full access to cemeteries on Day of the Dead, reviving a tradition that was halted during the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Peruvians visit their deceased loved ones.
#4 Performers take part in the Muerteada in Etla
On November 1, 2022, performers take part in the Muerteada, which is part of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Etla, Mexico.
#3 Figures dressed as traditional Mexican characters
Figures dressed as traditional Mexican characters during the Day of the Dead Festival at Mexico City’s Zócalo on October 29, 2022.
#2 Santa Mara Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico
On November 1, 2022, an Indigenous woman sits by the grave of a relative at a cemetery in Santa Mara Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico, during the annual Day of the Dead celebration.
#1 HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA
On October 29, 2022, in Hollywood, California, an attendee poses at the 23rd Annual Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever.