Nov 13, 2008

Day Of The Dead Altar Mexico City

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.

11 comments:

Lakshmi said...

very beautiful colours ..lovely pictures

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Heatheronhertravels said...

spooky and fun

Jenny said...

This looked fun!

GMG said...

Hi Wendy! Sorry for the long delay in coming here, but the last two weeks were too hectic!
Finally I managed to get to your blog, and see some wonderful pictures! Loved the Nuestra SeƱora de Guadalupe..., the fabulous Nepal edition and the Burj Al arab. One day I'll stay there... ;))
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is back to Greece in November 2007! Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Catherine said...

Hi Wendy... I remember this altar very well... one of the best we saw and you have photographed it beautifully. The cemetery we went to was at Tzintzuntzan

Fly Girl said...

What a gorgeous altar!I love the life that exudes from the skeletons paradoxically.

Nomadic Matt said...

there are my photos!!!

Wendy said...

Thank you all for your comments. I'll have more on Day of the Dead posted this week.

Priyank said...

Nice pictures! Looking forward to reading more!

evanh said...

hi..i like your story and i enjoy it and have a great day