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Photos: Mexicans Celebrates ‘The Day of the Dead’ or ‘Dia de Muertos’

The living remember and honor their dearly departed during the Day of the Dead ceremonies that take place in Mexico in late October and early November, but with joy rather than with grief.

It is thought that they can communicate with their departed loved ones on the Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de Muertos.

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The origin of the holiday is unknown, although according to Andres Medina, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Anthropological Research Institute, it has its roots in pre-Hispanic agricultural traditions.

Skeletons are a prominent part of Day of the Dead celebrations today because they represent the return of the dead to the living world. The dead briefly vanish after being sown beneath the soil, only to reappear every year like the harvest.

Altars are essential to the celebration as well. Families hang pictures of their ancestors on altars in their homes, which also feature paper-cut decorations and candles.

The Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico is still evolving.

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Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'
Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'
Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'
Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'
Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'
Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'
Photos: Mexicans Celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' or 'Dia de Muertos'

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