Photos: Dia de los Muertos 2013: Day of the Dead Celebrated in Mexico [PHOTOS]
By Hannah Osborne | Nov 02, 2013 01:32 AM EDT
Millions of people across the world are celebrating Dia de los Meurtos, the Day of the Dead Mexican festival.
Traditionally, celebrations take place between 31 October and 2 November. People clean and decorate graves of their relatives and loved ones, leave gifts and build elaborate shrines during the festival.
Festivals honouring the dead have taken place in Mexico for up to 4,000 years and the Dia de los Muertos festival evolved into its present day form after the Spanish invaded in 1519.
In Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Mayan Indians honour the dead with meals, songs and prayers. They are believed to be the only communities that clean the bones of their dead.
Graciela Miranda Chi showed how she removes dusty patches of hair from the skull of her grandfather by wiping away grit and reaffixing the hair.
The custom of bone-cleaning is thought to date back to the pre-Hispanic era and people are employed as bone cleaners, offering their services to families that do not have time to clean the bones of their own relatives.
In Tultepec, in the State of Mexico, a procession was held ahead of Dia de los Muertos with multi-coloured lanterns. People walked several blocks through the town to light the way for angels to heaven.
A Halloween-themed fun run called the Chilango Run - I Die to Run - was also held in the Polanco neighbourhood in Mexico City.
People across Mexico celebrating Dia de los Muertos.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
People honour the dead in the San Gregorio Atlapulco cemetery in Mexico City.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
A Halloween-themed run was held in Polanco.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
Chilango Run – I Die to Run - was held ahead of the annual festival.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
A procession was held in Tultepec in Mexico State.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
Hundreds of people attended the procession.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
The procession is held to light the way to heaven for angelsSource: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
Traditionally people honour the dead by cleaning their graves and building shrines.Source: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
Mayan communities celebrate the Day of the Dead in the village of Pomuch on Mexico's Yucatan peninsulaSource: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
Mayan communities are among the only societies that clean the bones of their deadSource: Reuters Date:11/02/2013
Dia de los Muertos festivities will continue until 2 NovemberSource: Reuters Date:11/02/2013