Giant skulls in streets of Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead

The giant skulls that emerge from the pavement of a street in the Mexican capital, as well as the cemetery itself in time for this Day of the Dead, are the most jocular expression of the relationship of Mexicans with death in the face of the celebrations of November 1 and 2.

Placed from one end to another in a street in the neighborhood of Tláhuac, in the south-east of Mexico City, with these giant cardboard skulls it is intended to promote traditions among the youngest in the city.

A form of protest

The first impact to see these calacas is to suppose that the artists took advantage of something annoying potholes that are always on the streets, especially in popular neighborhoods and neighborhoods, rather than in residential areas where people with greater financial capacity live.

The neighbors took advantage of the confusion of the walkers and the photographers, to ask the authorities to make repairs in their streets. In detail it is verified that the artists used earth and stones to recreate the assumption wake up from these dead upon leaving their graves, an allegory of the visit that is expected to be made to the living at these parties on November 1 and 2.

Day of the Death

Here one calaca sitting, there is a cadaveric rat, in a pile of earth and stones, three, four skulls emerge, while cars circulate carefully to avoid them. The scene with adequate lighting may seem apocalyptic to many neighbors of these streets, while those who pass in vehicles are so curious that they get off to take pictures with the calacas.

This relationship of mockery and fear that Mexicans maintain with death is at the center of the celebration of Day of the Dead, on November 1 and 2, with food altars and images dedicated to their already deceased relatives. This celebration in Mexico is one of the most important popular festivities in the country and since days before it is called parades in which its participants usually paint their faces or wear costumes with this theme.


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