Día de los Muertos Day 2
© Denzil Green
This is All Souls Day in Mexico, the second day of Día de los Muertos.
While the first day focussed on the spirits of dead children and babies, this day focusses on dead adults who may have returned to visit.
It’s a day of feasting, to celebrate the souls who have returned to join their relatives for the day.
The graves have placed on them what was the deceased person’s favourite food. Altars are constructed on which more food is placed, and family and friends stay at the altars all night, giving the spirits the chance to visit and feast.
Afterwards, the living eat the food.
Day of the Dead food altar in Mexico. Steve Bridger / Wikimedia / 2004 / CC BY-ND 2.0
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration in Mission District of San Francisco, CA. Jared Zimmerman / Wikimedia / 2013 / CC BY-SA 3.0
Day of the Dead celebrations at the cemetery of San Antonio Tecómitl, in the Milpa Alpa borough of Mexico City, Mexico. Eneas de Troya / Wikimedia / 2009 / CC BY 2.0