Mexican traditional altar for day of the day celebration with sugar skull, bread, yellow cempasuchil flowers and candle light
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Elaborate Altar in the Zócalo for the Día de los Muertos Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico

An elaborate altar in the zócalo (city square) constructed for the Día de los Muertos Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Resubmission note: Altars like this are temporary structures built by the thousands all over Mexico for the Day of the Dead festival in homes and public places. They often contain bread, fruit, prepared food, flowers, and other perishable items. They are taken down and the perishable items are consumed or disposed of immediately after the conclusion of the festival. This one is vary elaborate since it was built in the zócalo of downtown Oaxaca, but it was dismantled by November 3, 2018. Something entirely different will be built next year. Suggesting that these displays would be copyrighted would be like supposing a bunch of flowers at a grave would be copyrighted).

Day of the Dead altar with sugar skull

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar with traditional decorations: sugar skull, orange cempasùchitl flowers, papel picado (cut tissue paper), fruit and candles.

Day of the Dead: Mexican Calaveras, skulls pattern, Mexico City culture

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Mexican Ceramic Skulls

A calavera is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day.

Dia de los Muertos woman with ceremonial make-up

Woman with ceremonial make-up also known as Sugar skull, used in traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration.