The fancifully costumed skeleton called "La Catrina" (or "Catrin" for males) is one of the most recognized symbols of Mexico's Day of the Dead festival. Its origins date back to the early 1900s, but has roots in ancient Aztec mythology. In recent years the tradition of dressing up has become popularized (and even commercialized), adding a colorful and festive air to what was once a somber cultural celebration.
On the Noche de Animas, families decorate the graves of the dearly departed with flowers and candles, hoping their spirits will visit during the night. Once illuminated, the ofrendas (altars) create a dramatic, festive atmosphere for the ensuing all-night vigil. This man and young boy were adding the final touches to their display.