Photo of the Day: All Souls

Throwback photo day to the Days of the Dead flower markets in Valledodid, Mexico.

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For the week leading up to the Days of the Dead, the markets are filled with thousands – hundreds of thousands, probably – of flowers, especially chrysanthamums and celosia, that will be used to deck the family tombs on All Soul’s Day. Every stall is is laden with blooms, and┬áspecial masses said in the cemeteries and people bring candles and offerings, many spending┬áthe night in prayer, honoring their loved ones.

The morning after All Souls all these flowers had vanished, and the shopkeepers were back to regular life, with just a few stray petals being swept aside by the breeze. The market, like life, goes on – but the veil between the two worlds seems thinner for a while…