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Day of the Dead

Mexico City Stages James Bond-Inspired Day Of The Dead Parade

Manuel Hernandez Borbolla | Sara Elkamel | Posted 11.01.2016 | Latino Voices

Mexico City organized a Day of the Dead parade for the first time on Saturday, inspired by the opening scenes from the 2015 James Bond film, “Spectr...

It Lies Below The Land of the Remembered

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 05.05.2016 | Latino Voices
Alexandra Rosas

Do not mess with the radio dial when a song comes on that I'm contemplating for my funeral. I need to hear it for the full 3 minutes and 32 seconds ...

An Alternative Travel Guide to Tulum, Mexico

La Carmina | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
La Carmina

Even Goths can enjoy a Mexican beach vacation, now and again. My friend Yukiro and I were excited to indulge in a week of lounging, at Karisma's oc...

Holding Out for Latina Heroines and Filmmakers

Yovanka Sanchez | Posted 02.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Yovanka Sanchez

With the Oscars 2016 around the corner and the promise of more diversity by the year 2020 including women behind and in front of the camera, a change that was long overdue and finally is being challenged, there is still a need of more conversation about it.

Top 5 Travel Ideas to Honor Connections from the Past

Allison Gilbert | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Allison Gilbert

As the entire mid-Atlantic battles Winter Storm Jonas, I find myself fantasizing about heading someplace warm. Ecotourism. Adventure travel. Volunteer...

Why Latin America Needs PEN

Homero Aridjis | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico is ranked #148 on the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. Fifty-five journalists have been murdered in Mexico during the last five years, about one-third of the some 150 who lost their lives in that time throughout the Americas, making Mexico the most dangerous place on the continent for professionals of the word.

Why Mexico Is So Comfortable With Death

Sandra Cai Chen | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Sandra Cai Chen

MEXICO CITY -- Maybe the reason why we Mexicans find ourselves so comfortable among the dead is precisely because as a nation we hold nothing dear, not even life.

Picnicking In Cemeteries for Day of the Dead

Christine Stoddard | Posted 11.06.2016 | Latino Voices
Christine Stoddard

El Día de los Muertos, the Mexican interpretation of Allhallowtide, celebrates and good-naturedly mocks death as a means of accepting and reducing fear of it.

These Photos Show The Beauty Of Celebrating Our Dead

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.02.2015 | Latino Voices

The Day of the Dead is more than just sugar skull make-up and colorful getups; it's a day of remembrance. The Mexican holiday, celebrated on the firs...

Daily Meditation: Día De Los Muertos

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Honoring Death as Part of Life

Pamela Hale | Posted 10.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

On the night of Nov. 1, the whole central plaza of most Mexican cities is ringed with altars (or "ofrendas") like this one. Each is a unique creation ...

Slideshow: Mexico's Trinity of Death in Michoacan

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.01.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

All photographs by Fabiola Chesnut, a native of Morelia, Michoacan, and Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Virgi...

All Souls' Day 2015: Dates, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.01.2015 | Religion

Once the Halloween candy has been counted and the costumes stored away, many religious people around the world enter into a time of remembrance for th...

Day of the Dead

Donna Henes | Posted 10.31.2016 | Religion
Donna Henes

We Americans rarely think about death. We like to watch it on a big screen well enough, but in real life, we just don't do death. Perhaps we should. Perspective is precious. The greatest gift of the shadow of death is the challenge to really live life. With full consciousness. And conscience.

All Saints' Day 2015: Dates, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion

After the revelry and fanfare of Halloween comes a day of honoring the Catholic saints. Learn about the history and traditions of All Saints' Day belo...

Sweet Short Captures The True Meaning Of Dia De Los Muertos

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 10.29.2015 | Latino Voices

Día de los Muertos is upon us, and what better way to get in the spirit of the holiday than by watching a beautiful animated short that perfectly ill...

"Bone Washing:" A Day of The Dead Tradition

Janelle Pietrzak | Posted 10.27.2016 | World
Janelle Pietrzak

Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to a small Mayan village in the Mexican state of Campeche. There, I photographed the local customs of Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, including one of the most unusual death rituals in the world: "Bone Washing."

Where in the World Is the Best Place to Be in November? Mexico.

Lonely Planet | Posted 10.20.2016 | Travel
Lonely Planet

We all crave that sweet serendipity of being in the right place at the right time: When the Northern Lights are most likely to dance; when that sleepy scruff-bucket town transforms for its once-a-year fabulous fiesta; or, when a mass mob of whales gathers at the nearby reef.

Holy Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and La Catrina

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.15.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The culture of Mexico is not alone in its remembrance of death, but it is unique in how, more often than not, these commemorations are more festive than somber.

I'd Rather Ride A Mexican Bus Than An American Airline

Beth Arnold | Posted 07.27.2016 | Travel
Beth Arnold

Yes, rather than enduring the time suck and hassle that air travel anywhere now promises--the long, expensive taxi ride to the airport, the shoving, surly crowds, and the chaotic security and boarding processes--we opted for a Mexican bus.

Mescal in the Cemetery

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Arts
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

So I'm walking around this cemetery at one A.M. I'm drinking mescal and I'm deep into Mexico. Normally this set of facts portends trouble to come. ...

PHOTOS: A Stunning 'Day Of The Dead' Record Attempt

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

Mexico celebrated the Day of the Dead with a new world record, as women in the country's capital dressed up as "Catrinas" and brought together the mos...

How to Honor the Real Isis: Goddess of Magical Healing

Annie Finch | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion
Annie Finch

When you hear the acronym "ISIS" lately, unfortunately, you probably recognize it as an acronym of terror and brutality. This is a shame, because "Isis" is a word that has much to offer us.

The Wonderful Day of the Dead Festivities in San Miguel de Allende

Geoff Livingston | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Geoff Livingston

Papel picado or fiesta flags to celebrate the Day of the Dead were strung across the square and adorned most of the shrines.

Lose Yourself Behind a Mask

Jacob Devaney | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacob Devaney

It might just be time to dawn a mask or a costume and let go of all inhibitions like a child. Maybe this fantasy-world of imagination and laughter will be the medicine we need to get us into a good place where we can visualize a positive future for our troubled world. It couldn't hurt to try!