Dia de los Muertos, Michoacan, Mexico

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an ancient Mexican ritual that dated back 3000 years. The Aztecs and Mayan civilizations viewed death as the continuation of life and embraced it as an awakening after life. Modern day Mexicans spend the night at the cemeteries and elaborately decorate their loved ones’ grave sites with marigold flowers and candles. They believe the spirits of the dead return on this special day.

This series was part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Queen West Art Fair in Toronto in 2011.