El Día de los muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico is a joyous and festive celebration that has nothing to do with the idea of death as grim, but with the celebration of the happy existence of souls. Festivities begin a few weeks before, when Mexicans of all walks of life take to the street to buy flowers (especially marigolds), candles and food, which are then placed on an altar or by the grave of the dead. Sweets like chocolate coffins, sugar skeletons and "pan de muerto" are made…

The Day of the Dead in Mexico is a joyous and festive celebration. It is the celebration of the happy existence of souls. There are candles and food, which are placed on the altar. Sweets like chocolate coffins, sugar skeletons are also placed there.

Altar with flower petal carpet by Lelonopo, via Flickr. Extensive use of paper as well as fabric for this Dia de Los Muertos altar foundation. Altar del Dia de los Muertos 2 de Noviembre. México.

Altar with flower petal carpet. Extensive use of paper as well as fabric for this Dia de Los Muertos altar foundation.

A Day in Pictures: Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos: These colorful banderas are so festive. I love how the light shines through the intricate skull cutouts.

A Day in Pictures: Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is such a visually rich holiday. Every year, I'm inspired by the way people interpret and celebrate the occasion.

❥ M E X I C O ❤ Viva La Fiesta | Papel Picado

Colorful papel picado, lightens up any party. Hang cables or rods in hallways and above gathering areas and hang all sorts of colorful decorations.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead~Ofrenda Día de Muertos en el Zócalo 2013.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead~Ofrenda Día de Muertos en el Zócalo 2013.

Visit during "Las Muertes", the first days of November to see amazing Altares de Dia de los Muertos

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Sugar Skull / Calavera Mexicana "Happy Face"

Sugar Skull / Calavera Mexicana "Happy Face"

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Mexican Calaveras, the famous "Sugar Skull" of the Day of the Dead on quilling to celebrate this beautiful mexican tradition.

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