Families prepare for the celebration weeks in advance by planning lively reunions, decorating burial plots, and preparing special foods. Participants honor the deceased with home altars that include skeleton models, elaborate wreaths and crosses, votive lights, and fresh seasonal flowers.
Encounter the colorful traditions of this luminous holiday with 26 stunning color photographs that capture Day of the Dead celebrations in and around Oaxaca, Mexico. A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico focuses on the lives of villagers as they prepare centuries-old recipes, scatter marigolds to guide the dead home, and celebrate this annual event.
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- Gallery Requirements: At least 100 linear ft. (30 m.)
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- Language: All text in English and Spanish; language may be converted by host venues
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This exhibition was developed by the Field Museum in collaboration with Mars, Incorporated.