Cemeteries don’t often conjure up thoughts of beauty. Most are somber environments filled with gray tombstones commemorating a person’s time on Earth. But in Mexico, cemeteries don’t only honor the dead — they’re also a celebration of the culture in which those people lived. These beautiful cemeteries are proof that no matter what tragedy we face, the human spirit will not only endure, but thrive.
As 2016 comes to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on those we lost this year, but also a chance to celebrate the joy they brought to our lives. Let’s look at some of the most beautiful cemeteries found in Mexico.
“In the end, perfection is just a concept — an impossibility we use to torture ourselves — and that contradicts nature.” – Guillermo del Toro
“We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.” – Rosario Castellanos
“In Mexico you have death very close. That’s true for all human beings because it’s a part of life, but in Mexico, death can be found in many things.” – Gael Garcia Bernal
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” – Frida Kahlo
“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” – Octavio Paz
“My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her and given the people a chance to know what real liberty means. And if I could bring that about today by giving up my life, I would do it gladly.” – Pancho Villa
“Revenge is never good, it kills the soul and poisons it.” – El Chavo del Ocho
“I am not interested in slice of life. What I want is a slice of the imagination.” – Carlos Fuentes
Anyone that knows me knows I'm fascinated by graveyards, tombs, and all things macabre. What a pleasantly different experience at this one in Cancun! Contrasted to the dark, ominous ambiance you usually see this one was colorful and full of celebration for life. Pretty. #cancun #graveyard #xcaret #cemetery #mexicancemetery #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #mexico #mostwonderfultimeoftheyear #hallowmonth