Yesterday marked the day souls of the deceased were welcomed home. This Mexican celebration (not to be confused with Halloween) is known for it's festive adornments and intriguing shrines consisting of candy, colored skulls and candles upon candles. Staunch observers prepare for the holiday weeks in advance. Night two of Day of the Dead is a beautiful and fascinating celebration. Fortunately for me, it's also rife with photo ops. Check out some of the shots below taken at outdoors in courtyard of the Church of St. Marks in the East Village in NYC.
One of my favorite shots - the Virgin Mary and a loco skull with rotting teeth.
Notes left for the returning souls.
Below are a few shots from a Mexican folk art shop in the East Village, called La Sirena. It is awesome, but I only got a few snaps in and the owner is apparently very spiritual and photos disrupt the spirits and/or the sanctity of the shop(?). So I acquiesced.
Some of the traditional Day of the Dead skeleton figurines. My mom collects them and used to display them in our family room when I lived at home. They marginally freaked out my friends. We loved them regardless.
Day of the Dead to-go. Pin on your shirt and keep the skels and spirits with you at all times.