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Celebrate Day of the Dead

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Dias de Muertos
Celebrate Day of the Dead


Dias de Muertos...  Join in the festivity as Mexico and other Latin American countries celebrate Day of the Dead in early November.  This is a time of recognizing and honoring death (which dates back to Aztec and pre-hispanic) and remembering deceased ancestors and loved ones.  
    Skeletons and skulls are the symbols of decoration seen everywhere--from costumes to icing on sweet rolls.  Flower wreaths, decorated crosses, candles, skeleton toys, and many edible goods like coffin or skull candy and breads molded into human figures to represent the soul are sold as offerings.  When spirits of the dead return for the holiday visit, they are met with decorated altars full of fond remembrances and favorite foods for their afterlife journey.  
    Family members gather at cemeteries, around brightly adorned graves, to rejoice--with plenty of eating, drinking, and merry making.         
    Open-air religious services are often started with a bang of fireworks and concluded in some regions with all night candlelight vigils.  
    You can enjoy an impressive celebration at one of these sites in Mexico: Janitzio Island, Huancito, Ihuatzio, and Tzintzuntzan in Michoacan; Jesus Maria, Nay in Oaxaca; Chiapa de Corzo in Chiapas; Heujutla in Hildago; Mixquic outside of Mexico City; and, Centro Ceremonial Mazahua in Mexico City.

1-800-44-MEXICO
Mexico Tourism Office
http://www.mexico-travel.com


 

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