Dia de los Muertos - Day 1 - Patzcuaro, Mexico

Day 1: Patzcuaro, is a historic town founded in the 1300's, known for its traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration. Last night preparations were well underway for the start of the festival this afternoon. As children ran through the streets trick 'r' treating, alters were assembled in the town square - each representing a community nearby. 

The alter serves as a portal for the dead to enter the world of the living during the next two days. These memorials are quite expansive - consisting of wooden frames, thousands of marigold flowers, and offerings for the communities' loved ones. || The three shelves of food represent heaven, earth, and the underworld. The cross of salt at the base helps purify the souls as they cross over. The path of candles+marigolds help to guide the souls with their bright color and strong scent. || Tonight, families will surround the alters and spend all night dining with their deceased loved ones.