Today is the second day of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos meaning day of the dead. On this holiday families gather with friends and family to remember the loved ones that have passed on. Families build altars in their homes set with candles, favorite foods, toys and sugar skulls. A trip the the cemetery is made so that the head stones can be cleaned and decorated to make sure that spirits know they are missed and loved.
Sugar skulls are probably one of the most well recognized icons of this holiday. These tiny treats are decorated with colorful designs and flowers, often inscribed with the name of a lost loved one. This photo shoot by John Rees really captures the haunting beauty of this holiday.
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