In Mexico November 1st is celebrated to honor day of the dead (Dia de Los Muertos). People celebrate and honor their ancestors by visiting their graves if they can, and also putting up altars in their homes with remembrances of their loved ones, and foods that they used to enjoy. The Catrina skeleton doll was started by a Mexican printmaker/lithographer, Jose Guadalupe Posada, in 1910 or so, and is a satirazation of the Mexicans who Posada thought were embracing the ways of the Europeans in the pre-revolutionary era. The dolls now have been embraced as part of this celebration on November 1st, along with other customs that go with the day.
I took a few photos in the Mercado (marketplace) in San Antonio, Texas while I was there recently
Remembering my ancestors and celebrating life in death.