Originating in Mexico and celebrated on November 1st, Día de los Muertos is a very important holiday for many countries throughout Latin America. Though I come from a country where this is not customary, thankfully my father–who comes from Mexican roots–taught me a lot about the holiday and I grew up understanding that death is a natural, necessary and beautiful part in the circle of life. Photographing the holiday in Lima, Peru, in the Nueva Esperanza cemetery, what was so impressing and touching to me was seeing thousands of families gather to celebrate the lives of the deceased with dancing, music, drinking and singing. Rather than a day of mourning, people clean and re-paint graves, bring bouquets of fresh flowers, light candles and simply enjoy the day with their loved ones who have passed on to another realm of existence. Día de los Muertos is truly about keeping cherished memories alive, honoring your ancestors and remembering where you come from and where you will one day go.
Día de los Muertos
03 Nov This entry was published on November 3, 2013 at 11:00 am. It’s filed under Photography, Photojournalism and tagged Cementerio de Nueva Esperanza, cemetery, Día de los Muertos, Dead of the Day, honoring ancestors, Latin American culture, Lima, Mexican tradition, November 1st, Perú, Peruvian culture.