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