All Smiles at the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca City, Mexico, a photo by Sam Antonio Photography on Flickr.
The history of the Day of the Dead is a syncretism of Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2).
I photographed this young boy at the children comparsas (parade) in the zocalo (public square) of Oaxaca City, Mexico. I crouched down to photograph at his level, but I could not get him to smile. So I put down my camera for a moment and stuck out my tongue. He returned the favor by flashing this toothy grin!
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