Photo Essay: Celebrating Día De Los Muertos

Media Credit: Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

A bejeweled sugar skull, marigolds, candles and a student’s family photo decorates the Mexican Student Association's ofrenda, an altar that memorialized a person who has died as part of a Día De Los Muertos tradition.

Students and locals threw their annual celebrations for Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, last month as part of the Mexican holiday that memorializes those who have died before us.

As one of many holiday events across D.C., Franklin Park drew a crowd of locals last month for Food and Film in the Park, an Events DC festival where guests could find a multitude of Mexican food and watch a screening of the film Coco. On GW’s campus, GW Folklorico and the Mexican Student Association hosted an event Saturday with cultural dance performances, food and offends – alters that memorialize a loved one who has died, often used for Día De Los Muertos.

The events led up to the official Día De Los Muertos holiday, which lasts from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. Here are some of the scenes of the celebrations honoring this enduring Mexican tradition:

Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

Adorned with bright, colorful dresses, a group of members from GW Folklorico perform a traditional Mexican dance at the annual Día De Los Muertos celebration in Kogan Plaza Saturday.

Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

A man wears sugar skull jewelry at the annual Día De Los Muertos celebration in Franklin Park last month.

Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

GW Folklorico members Melanie Don Juan, pictured left, and Bri Curi, pictured right, dance mid-performance in Kogan Plaza Saturday.

Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

A woman makes a crown of flowers at the annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration in Franklin Park last month.

 

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