Day of the Dead
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People in earthquake-stricken areas of Mexico do their best to honor relatives for Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Ricardo Soto Olivar, 65, tends to the grave of his mother and father in Metepec, Puebla. It is customary to clean graves the night or day before Day of the Dead. During the September earthquake, Soto and his wife sustained about $6,000 worth of damage to the home they spent their whole lives together building.

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Angelica Martinez, 35, adjusts an image of her mother-in-law with the help of her brother-in-law Areal Osorio, 32, and father-in-law, Raul Osorio, 74. The family is preparing their altar for Day of the Dead even though their home was badly damaged by the deadly earthquake.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
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The town of San Pedro Atlixco in the state of Puebla is known for its flower production, and three times a year — Day of the Dead, summer solstice and Easter week — it creates elaborately designed flower carpets.

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Marigolds, which are used extensively in Day of the Dead rituals, sit in a pile of rubble in Metepec, Puebla.

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An earthquake-damaged building looms near the center of San Pedro Atlixco, which draws throngs for its Day of the Dead flower displays. 

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Workers prepare harvested marigolds to go to a market or street stand to be sold outside Metepec, Puebla. The area is known for its marigolds, which are in high demand for Day of the Dead.

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Nayeli Hacinto, 25, gently helps up her grandfather, Antonio Alvarado Casas, 87, from his quiet contemplation of their family’s Day of the Dead altar in his home in Metepec, Puebla. 

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Angelica Martinez, left, 35, and her daughter Aurea Osorio, 14, prepare offerings for their deceased loved ones. Their home was damaged in the Sept. 19 temblor, but that didn’t stop the family from preparing their altar for Day of the Dead.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
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