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Mother's Day in Mexico
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Mother’s Day in Mexico

Mother’s Day in Mexico is probably not like what you’re used to wherever you come from. In Mexico, it always falls on May 10 and here in Jalisco, it’s sometimes celebrated with games in the community bullrings. Certainly, not everyone observes Mother’s Day like this, but...

Zayacos
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Zayacas During Carnaval in Ajijic, Mexico 2017

Another year of Carnaval celebrations in Ajijic, Mexico, has come and gone, and the masked zayacas along with it. These guys (mostly young men and boys dressed in drag) appear early each year in Ajijic during the town’s Carnaval celebrations, which stretch over several weeks leading...

A masked zayaca during Carnaval in Ajijic, Mexico
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Carnaval 2017 in Ajijic, Mexico

Carnaval is celebrated all over Latin America and Mexican pueblos are no exception. Fiestas go on up and down the north shore of Lake Chapala and the town of Chapala is fairly well-known for its Fat Tuesday celebrations. Ajijic has its own traditions, such as...

Day of the Dead Skulls
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Day of the Dead in Mexico 2016

I had, as always, a blast photographing last month’s Day of the Dead celebrations. It can take a lot of effort to energize yourself to spend two days walking for hours on end, taking the bus from town to town, staying up until past midnight...

Catrina on the Day of the Dead
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Catrinas on the Day of the Dead in Mexico

La Catrina has become an iconic part of the Day of the Dead since it was introduced in 1910 by printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. Each November 2 students from the local preparatory high school in Chapala, Jalisco, set up dozens of elaborate altars for an...

These high school students from Chapala, Jalisco, spend the day of November 2 constructing altars dedicated to famous Mexicans.
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Day of the Dead 2015 Gallery

Tuesday was the Day of the Dead and as always it was two beautiful days of traditions and remembrance, during one of Mexico’s most famous, and most Mexican, of holidays. As always, I had a blast going from town to town visiting the cemeteries and...