Adults and children dress as skeletons and celebrate the lives of the departed in annual joy-filled festivities

No one knows when the first observance took place

Today, skeletons are central to Day of the Dead celebrations

Like seeds planted under soil, the dead disappear temporarily only to return each year like the annual harves

The way Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead continues to evolve.

“Nowadays there’s an influence of American Halloween in the celebration,” Medina said

“These elements carry a new meaning in the context of the original meaning of the festival, which is to celebrate the dead