Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos), Oaxaca, Mexico

Day of the Dead/Dia De Los Muertos

To quote Wikipedia, “Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration when eating and partying are common. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two are celebrated differently.”

Investigation Results: While not an investigation per se, TFC has attended the quintessential Day of the Dead celebration twice in the mecca of it all which is Oaxaca, Mexico. TFC was there in both 2004 and 2007. While there we visited several cathedrals, cemeteries, and the ancient cities of Monte Alban, Tulum, and Chichen Itza. Each time it was rather impossible to get reliable data due to all of the celebrating and activity but the awe and mystical wonder was definitely omnipresent. Note, the stock images used here are cross referenced off Bing images and were not taken by TFC. Three depict “offrendas” or altars made to honor the dead, one is of sugar skulls or “calaveras” that are a staple of the holiday. Also pictured are 2 photos of decorated cemeteries done in honor of the dead.