Preparing for the Day of the Dead ~ The Atlantic

As Mexicans get ready to celebrate Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, parades and processions have taken place in Mexico City and other towns, featuring representations of the character La Catrina, frightful skeletons, and other icons of death and the underworld. The two-day holiday begins on November 1, when people will honor departed family members as they celebrate death as a part of life. Gathered here, a few of the colorful holiday preparations in Mexico over the past week.



  • A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on October 26, 2019.

    Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty

  • Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

  • Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

  • Participants walk by in the fourth annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

  • Costumed performers walk in Mexico City during the International Day of the Dead Parade on October 27, 2019.

    Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

  • A group of musicians characterized as Catrinas performs during the Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Cristopher Rogel Blanquet / Getty

  • Performers in costume attend a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Ginnette Riquelme / AP

  • People dressed as Catrina participate in the Festival de la Muerte in the streets of Tlaquepaque, Mexico, prior to Day of the Dead celebrations, on October 27, 2019.

    Leonardo Alvarez Hernandez / Getty

  • A woman participates in the Festival de la Muerte in the streets of Tlaquepaque on October 27, 2019, prior to Day of the Dead celebrations.

    Leonardo Alvarez Hernandez / Getty

  • A picture of the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and the painter Frida Kahlo is seen in an offering made as part of a collaboration between the French designer Jean Paul Gaultier and the Anahuacalli Museum in honor of Rivera, Kahlo, and Mexican culture for the upcoming Day of the Dead, at the museum in Mexico City on October 25, 2019.

    Omar Torres / AFP / Getty

  • Ingrid Lopez is made up as Catrina by the artist Ixchel Garcia during a costume and makeup rehearsal for the Mega-Procession of the Catrinas in Mexico City, on October 23, 2019.

    Omar Torres / AFP / Getty

  • Performers in costume attend a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Ginnette Riquelme / AP

  • A woman dressed as Catrina takes part in the Catrinas Parade along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City on October 26, 2019.

    Claudio Cruz / AFP / Getty

  • A balloon in the shape of a skeleton is pictured near participants dressed as monarch butterflies during the annual Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Gustavo Graf Maldonado / Reuters

  • Participants in costume perform during the annual International Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City on October 27, 2019.

    Emilio Espejel / Anadolu Agency / Getty

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