Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Guadalajara

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), is celebrated in many parts of Mexico to commemorate and celebrate loved ones who have passed away and help guide them on their spiritual journey. Unlike many in many other cultures, the dead or not mourned but celebrated in this colorful and joyful event that stretches between October 31 until November 2. Guadalajara is not as well known for hosting this festival, unlike Michoaca or Oaxaca, but the district of Tlaquepaque, known for its art and pottery, is the best place to take part in the Day of the Dead. Besides admiring the many intricately decorated altars (ofrendas) on the Main Street, getting your face painted with skull make up, or watching the parade, the best way to experience the Day of the Dead is to stroll the side streets and visit the cemetery, where family members of the deceased gather around their ancestors graves to make offerings, make music and drink with the dead. Here are some impressions from the Day of the Dead at Taqueplaque, Guadalajara:

This girl from Panama had the most colorful custome
Mother and child taking a photo together
One of the many corpse brides
Offerings for the deceased are laid on top of their grave
Every corner has a an alter (ofrendas) where the dead are commemorated
Beautiful and colorful garlands can be found in every corner
Whilst festivities are happening outside, the congregation gather for solemn prayers in the church
The colorful chaos outside
Face paint stations can be found everywhere
A look inside the cathedral of Guadalajara
An altar commemorating famous and influential Mexicans