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17 Día De Los Muertos Images That Are Absolutely Hypnotic

Those of us who grew up celebrating it know how mesmerizing this holiday is. Presented by Abuelita, the most hypnotically delicious hot chocolate in the world.

1. Día de los Muertos is a celebration that honors those who have left this earthly land.

Greg Willis / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: gregw66

2. Elaborate altars are built in their honor, with their favorite foods and belongings laid out on the tiers.

Ute / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: uteart

3. Graveyards turn from gray to orange, from dull to bright.

Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: pauljill

4. They blossom and dazzle, covered with cempazuchitl and other colorful flowers.

Eneas De Troya / Via Flickr: eneas

5. The sights of floral art permeate each corner, and in each vibrant creation death becomes a thing of beauty, and ironically, it becomes alive.

Julián D Gaitán / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: juliangaitan

6. And alive too is the elegant beauty of catrinas...

Rulo Luna Ramos / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: rulasmx

7. ...whether young...

Eneas De Troya / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: eneas

8. ...or fantastical.

Randal Sheppard / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: 25222005@N08

9. And everyone watches in awe...

Marysol* (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: marysolra

10. ...as the streets become oceans formed of those honoring others who are no more.

Greg Willis / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: gregw66

11. Cemeteries are filled with serene glimpses of longing and candlelight...

kevin / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: p0tpie

12. ...as each candle welcomes the departed back to the world they left.

David Leonardo Méndez Hernández / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: mendez_hernandez

13. And the holiday is sweet as well, with puestos including hand-decorated sugar calaveritas and coffins present everywhere.

Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: pauljill

14. Delicious pan de muerto is prepared for all to share.

Marysol* / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: marysolra

15. And we honor death. Until we join those who pass, we greet them...

Eneas de Troya / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: eneas

16. ...we miss them...

Coco Toledo / (CC BY-ND 2.0) / Via Flickr: toledopaola

17. ...and we remember them, on the most magical of days, in the most magical of ways.

PROjazbeck Follow / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: jazbeck

Día de Muertos is much more than a just a day — it's an awe-inspiring celebration. Partake in the tradition with a hot cup of delicious Abuelita (and a little pan de muerto, of course).