Giant skeletons mark Day of the Dead in Mexico

STORY: This year, gigantic, colorful skeletons, some as high as 12 meters, pleasantly surprised passers, who were seen taking photographs next to them.

Holly Wren, an English tourist enjoying the city, told Reuters she was amazed to see the tradition “still alive” and people actively “taking part in it.”

The exhibition shows huge skeletons, with an average height of seven meters, representing the 31 states of the Mexican Republic and its capital. The oversized figures are decorated with motifs and traditional clothing from each region.

Fused with Catholic festivals of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, the Day of the Dead is one of the most deep-rooted traditions in Mexico, celebrated by millions of people from Mayan Indians in the tropical south to urban professionals in Mexico City.

The Day of the Dead festival originates in a pre-Hispanic Aztec belief that the dead return to Earth one day each year to visit their loved ones. For the occasion, Mexicans would set out food and drinks for their departed loved ones and build colorful altars that celebrate their lives.

The November 2 "Dia de Muertos" or All Souls' Day interweaves Spanish influences with indigenous ancestor worship in South America, especially in places with strong indigenous populations such as Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.