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On the Day of the Dead, remembering the art of José Guadalupe Posada

"La Catrina" as part of a monument to Posada in Aguascalientes, Mexico, May 2007
"La Catrina" as part of a monument to Posada in Aguascalientes, Mexico, May 2007 Photo by TK/Flickr (Creative Commons)

This Election Day happens to fall on el Día de Los Muertos, the day of the dead. Think Mexican has posted an homage to the late Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, whose skeletal "La Catrina" is synonymous with Mexico's annual celebration of the dead as a part, always, of our lives.

According to tradition, the dead make their annual journey back to the land of the living at this time of year, and are welcomed home with altars laden with food, drink and tokens of what they loved in life.

The observance ends tonight.

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