Sometimes you can attend a local event and feel as though you’re transported to a far-off part of the world, or even feel like you’re traveling across a wide cultural tableau of a whole region. That’s how I felt while shooting last year’s Dia de los Muertas (Day of the Dead) celebrations in downtown San Jose. Although I had traveled only half an hour from my house, this festival celebrating life and honoring departed relatives took me on a cultural and historic journey across all of Latin America and beyond. In today’s post I will present a simple photo essay featuring some of my favorite images from this festival.
An Aztec dancer helps convene the day’s celebrations. Buy this photo
The Aztec fire dance’s origins date back to pre-Columbian times. Buy this photo
This shrine, erected on the back of a pickup truck, is dedicated to the memory of the owner’s deceased father and brother. Buy this photo
The “elegant skull” face painting is an element of Day of the Dead celebrations in several Latin American countries. Buy this photo
These lovely ladies awoke at 5 AM to paint their own faces and those of their family members. Buy this photo
More wonderful face art. Buy this photo
I love the cultural juxtaposition of Hello Kitty with Day of the Dead. Buy this photo
Elegant and beautiful! Buy this photo
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief compilation of images from this recent festival and that it inspires you to seek out Day of the Dead celebrations near your own home.
What are some of your favorite cultural traditions? Have you captured these traditions using your camera? Please share your experiences in the comments box.
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