This altar was set up to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary) at the Basilica in Mexico City erected in her honor. It is the most visited Catholic shrine in the Americas.
Altars are set up for the deceased during the festival and typically include flowers, an image of the person and items they liked during their lifetime. Food and alcohol are common. Humor and artistry are also key.
This altar was complete with a full choir and priest in confession booth. I took these photos last year. Photographs from this year’s Day of the Dead taken during my travels in Patzcuaro are forthcoming and will include the overnight vigils in cemeteries and more on the traditions involved.