Feliz Dia de los Muertos

The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos is celebrated over 2 days, November 1 & 2. Many think that it's the Latin Halloween, but that's not quite right. Yes, there are calaveras ("skeletons") and costumes, but it's a more personal celebration where family members gather to remember loved ones who have passed on.

It's also a very colorful and ornate holiday full of colored paper, marigolds, pan de muerto ("bread of the dead"), and ofrendas ("small shrines") of the belongings and favorite food of the deceased. All this is meant to ensure that the living remain connected the past, that younger generations know their family history, and that the Mexican culture continues to embrace and respect Death (with a playful, familiar outlook).

Below is a slideshow by photojournalist Enrico Martino who captured a Dia de los Muertos celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico.

MEXICO, EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS from enrico martino on Vimeo.