“The dead return once again to become part of the family” (La Ofrenda)

As our last post noted, we arrived at the Nuevo Vallarta malecon in time for the traditional Day of the Dead celebration.    As was explained to us, the dead return and walk among us.  Rather than a scary thing, their presence is intended to allow us to have them among us again each year for a short time.

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The colors contrast with the black and white face paint.

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Stunning detail.

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Black is the new black on Dia de los Muertos.

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Families erect altars to celebrate their loved ones.  An altar often contains the loved ones’ pictures, favorite foods and beverages, flowers, candles and incense and other items the dead enjoyed in life.

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Lal and friend.

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Cross dressing is part of the custom (for reasons we don’t fully understand).

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