November the 1st is The Day of the Dead in Latin America. This is a syncretic holiday that, as many will point out, is actually a celebration of life. Ancient Mesoamericans (Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs) believed that new life came from death. It’s a cycle often associated with how agriculture essentially works: new crops grow from the same ground in which the last ones are buried. So, this particular holiday is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of the dearly departed.
A boy flies his kite in a cemetery in the department of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite