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The Catrinas March In Mexico City

Mexico City kicked off the annual Day of the Dead festivities with a giant parade in which people dressed like the Catrina and other Dia de Los Muertos figures. Thousands of people from all walks of life and all ages joined in the fun. Catrina is the “elegant death” figure that is the most popular symbol of Dia de Los Muertos. She was first engraved in 1910 by Jose Guadalupe Posada as a satirical piece. The image caught on and is now an international symbol of the holiday. Many others dressed with beautiful makeup inspired by Mexico’s iconic sugar skulls or other ghosts and goblins. The Day of the Dead honors those beloved family members and friends who have gone to the other side. The festival itself is precolonial and pre-Christian. It dated back to native festivals honoring the goddess of death, which today is represented by Catrina and La Santa Muerte.

It makes sense that people from all the different social and economic strata of Mexico would take part in this parade. After all, death waits for us all and she doesn’t care how much money you have.


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