Día de Los Muertos: Calavera Portraits

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After heavy rains canceled Saturday’s event, revelers packed La Villita Historic Arts Village for day two of the Día de los Muertos celebration, Muertos Fest. The sun came out to welcome thousands of people on Sunday who enjoyed live music, community altars, a drum dance and traditional puppet procession, art and food vendors, and poetry.

Some came in costume, others came as they were. One of the most common ways to honor and celebrate the dead during this season – the official Day of the Dead is Nov. 2 – is to paint the face to resemble a skull, de calavera. The practice, based on a mixture of Aztec and Catholic beliefs, isn’t meant to be scary, rather the skull represents the death and transition from the earthly existence to a higher level of consciousness.

See the many calaveras and faces that celebrated the holiday this Sunday in the photo gallery above, each one as unique as a fingerprint.

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Gallery: Día de los Muertos by John Schulze

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