Dia de Muertos, or the day of the dead, is a Mexican multi-day holiday where friends and family members gather to pray for and remember those who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Dia de Muertos is not a sad holiday at all, but a time to celebrate because their loved ones that died have awakened to be with them again. Raymundo Medina takes this tradition and belief to a huge scale as he built a massive skeleton that seems to be rising up from the pavement of a street in Santa Cecilia Tlahuac, Mexico. The skeleton, built with papier-mâché and painted with starkly delineated black and white areas, appears to be smiling, proving that Dia de Muertos is not a sad holiday, but a time of celebration.
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