Cut-Paper Banners for the Day of the Dead in Mexico

El día de los muertos, on November 2, is a uniquely Mexican take on what the religious calendar calls All Saints Day.

A Day of the Dead skeleton holding up traditional cut-paper banners.day of the dead skeleton holding up traditional cut paper bannersA collection of papel picada (cut-paper) featuring grinning skeletons that I bought the first time I encountered the event.  These ancient photos are from 1976 – the original tissue paper cut-outs have long since disappeared.Day of the Dead skeleton playing a guitar in those uniquely Mexican decorations called Papel PicadoDay of the Dead skeletons dancing in those uniquely Mexican cut-paper decorations called Papel Picado Day of the Dead skulls celebrate Noviembre in those uniquely Mexican cut-paper decorations called Papel PicadoThey use plastic nowadays, not so good for the environment, but they last longer. These bright aqua banners celebrate the Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoBright aqua cut-paper banners celebrate the Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoThese bright little celebrations of colour appear at other festivals, although my favourite ones are those that honour the Day of the Dead.Palm tree & bright paper banners in the Mexican night, Huatalco, Mexico

More about the Day of the Dead.

More about travelling in Mexico.

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