Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, dates back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess of the dead named Mictecacihuatl. Celebrated on November 2, it's a joyful holiday filled with food, family and crafts that's made me realize just how different our two cultures are. So today I have tried to answer the question:
Why do Mexicans celebrate death while Americans fear it?
Mexicans will receive sweets and breads from their loved ones.
Americans only get flowers, and daisies are a poor substitute for chocolate.
Mexicans think skeletons are funny.
Americans think skeletons make them look fat.
Mexicans enjoy making skulls out of sugar.
Americans find that high-fructose corn syrup does not lend itself to the decorative arts.
Americans fear they will be departed.
Happy Día de los Muertos, y'all!
*These photos were taken at various festivals throughout Los Angeles.