The annual El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, was held in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of November, 2016.
Remember the opening scene of the last James Bond movie, Spectre? Yeah. It wasn’t just a film scene.
The celebration is a festival of sorts, though it originally began as a day to remember the dead. It’s a 3,000-year old tradition, and is based on the belief of the Aztecs that every year, there was a day when the dead arose.
The Day of the Dead features mainly elaborate costumes and white, skeleton-like makeup. It is also held in South America countries like Brazil and Bolivia. The festivities are actually broken into two parts: November 1 is The Day of the Innocents, used to remember deceased babies and infants. The actual Day of the Dead holds on the 2nd of November.
One of the more common outfits seen at The Day of the Dead festivities is La Calavera Catrina, a 1910 zinc-etching by Mexican cartoonist Guadalupe Posada. La Calavera Catrina’s main outfit was a huge hat on her head, a symbol of class among Europeans in that time.
A theme this year was violence against women, with women using the parade to raise awareness for domestic violence, rape and more.
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