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So perhaps you spotted a few skeletons during you Halloween festivities and let’s hope they were of the costumed variety. But today marks the start of another holiday known for it’s beautifully macabre images and depictions of skulls and skeletons.

El Dia De Los Muertos or The Day of the Dead is a two day celebration that begins on November 1st and ends on November 2nd. It involves commemorating loved ones that have passed with exuberant altars full of bright festive colors, intricate preparation of traditional food such as candied skulls, and ingenious decor and body painting involving skeletal figures.

Let’s take a look at the three primary aspects of El Dia De Los Muertos festivities.

1) Skulls :: historically kept as trophies and used in religious and cultural rituals, skulls and skeletons inspire everything from festival decor to personal dress.
El Dia De Los Muertos Design
2) Altars :: made in respect of the dead, these altars showcase an eclectic array of what the person loved. The personal mementos, beautiful blooms and delectable fruit are the perfect inspiration for your next centerpiece.
El Dia De Los Muertos Design
3) Vibrant Color :: from gorgeous flowers to beautiful tissue creations and traditional Mexican decor, the color inspiration is anything but black and white.
El Dia De Los Muertos Colors

Growing in popularity, the holiday is inspiring stateside parties, Halloween costumes and even weddings! Check out some of these gorgeous event images inspired by the traditions and customs of El Dia De Los Muertos. Beautiful tissue flowers, technicolor blankets, wedding banners, a gilded skeleton and beautiful blooms.
El Dia De Los Muertos Wedding

Emily Louise & The LGY Team
Los Angeles Event Stylist, Event Planner & Event Designer

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