The Day of the Dead is about much more than sugar skulls and likenesses of dancing skeletons. Mexico’s most colorful annual tradition is all about celebrating life while honoring those who have passed away—by welcoming their spirits back to the land of the living with Mexico City’s biggest and brightest street party. From candlelit altars to the ubiquitous orange marigolds and colorful cut paper strands that adorn the city in the days leading up to the November 2 festivities, the city becomes a technicolor dreamscape.
Naturally, this makes it a photographer’s dream. We sent AFAR Ambassador Rachel Rudwall to join in the revelry in Mexico City—along with her camera, of course. Check out Rudwall’s photo essay for inspiration on booking your trip to Mexico for next year’s festivities:
A mix of pre-Hispanic and Catholic belief systems, Día de Muertos brings together communities across Mexico to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed. While in the U.S., the death of a loved one is solemnly mourned, in Mexico, people dance, sing, and make offerings in honor of the departed.