"Day of the Dead in Mexico City" Personal Page by jonazito
This historical cemetery in the downtown area of Mexico City has a lot of famous political figures under its surface. It is here, for example, that Benito Juarez was buried. Every year a beautiful artistic display mocks with dead, as in this image of a dead boy, with the typical marigolds in the background.
Also the students of the National University get creative around Day of the Dead, with a giant display of offerings and skeletons, that often remember political cebs, scientists and other typical mexican displays in a funny way. In the background the University Library with the famous mosaic paintings by O'Gorman.
Day of the dead is since some years also an occasion to dress up, like this guy with a traditional charro outfit.
This university is located in the monastery where once Sor Juana de la Cruz wrote its famous mystical poems in the 17th century. Every year, they remember her and the other nuns in a magnificant offering.
The canals between the chinampas, the traditional floating gardens in the South of the city, are a perfect scenery for a creepy nightly boat ride.
The Aztecs had multiple celebrations for the dead. There were several types of dead, depending on the way you died, and each type of dead resided in a special place of the underworld. This is Mictlantecuhtli, the overall chief of the final resting places in the underworld, made with grains of seeds to simbolize the eternal cicle of life, death and regeneration.
Every borough in Mexico City has special events related to the Day of the Dead. This lugubre procession of recicled rags decorated the main square of Coyoacan.
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