In Latin America, Day of the Dead is a time for celebrating life
On the heels of the ghouls and goblins of Halloween comes Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, a celebration closely associated with Mexico. “Celebration? Dead?” you ask. Yes. Indeed, there’s comfort to be found in this commemoration, which has Aztec roots that have mingled with traditional religion. Instead of fright and fear, this celebration — Friday and Saturday this year — embraces the idea that no one gets out of this alive. It’s a time to remember loved ones, whom celebrants hope to entice to return for a family reunion of sorts. They create altars, or ofrendas, and decorate them in joyous colors, often using marigolds and offering up favorite foods. Here’s a look at some of the celebrations in Mexico and other parts of Latin America .
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