isla de janitzio on the lake pátzcuaro is were the worlds of the living and the dead meet. it’s famous all over mexico for its festivity of “el día de los muertos” (the day of the dead), a blend of the religious and the pagan traditions. the islanders believe that this is when the souls of the dead return home to spend an evening with the living.
to honor them, families create elaborate grave-site altars that overflow with marigolds, candles, food and drinks. the celebration usually lasts three days and includes of numerous candle-lit boat processions, ritual games, private remembrance vigils in homes and visits to the cemetery.
in the photo: the view on the island from the ferry of charron ;-) [isla de janitzio, michoacán, mexico]