Walking around town this year, I think that the Day of the Dead altars are still beautiful and well-crafted, but they seem smaller or less elaborate. To separate this year’s photos from last year’s, I’m more focused on the marigolds. These are the traditional flowers use to honor the dead and are used on the altars and taken to the cemeteries to decorate the graves. I snapped some more shots from the hip around my local market of the marigolds for sale.

One of the main altars in the center of town:

The altar in the town hall:

Part of the largest altar in the plaza:

And a selection of other altars from around town and from my visit to Hidalgo during the beginning of the week.

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Part of the largest altar in the plaza

Another part of the plaza altar

Beautiful marigolds in the plaza altar

Medium-sized altar

Hotel altar in the entryway

Skeleton hanging out in a furniture store

Restaurant altar

Carrying marigolds into the market

Potted market marigolds

And then there was this in town... a different type of offering?

From my visit to a small town in Hidalgo, selling marigolds outside the local fruit shop.

Great candleholder from a cactus

Altar from my visit to Hidalgo in the municipal seat

Marigolds going onto the altar