Thoughts on Travel, Photography and Life from Ian Lloyd

Day of the Dead Festival

The Day of the Dead Festival is famous for being one of Mexico's most visual celebrations. It honours, mocks, satirises and sanctifies the dead in a way that ultimately seems healthy and life affirming. In places like Oaxaca City the celebrations really come to life with schools organising parades of children dressed as zombies dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and adults mocking the status quo with plays turning religion on its head. Corrupt popes, lasciviousness nuns - no organisation is spared the mockery of death. The dead are remembered and celebrated in a festive, not morbid way and ultimately I think that's a good thing.

by Ian Lloyd