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Hallowe'en & Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Dia de Muertos is the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. It's more an occasion for festivity than solemnity, but there are elements of both. Families gather at cemeteries to celebrate those who have passed before them with bundles of huge marigolds and picnics with plenty of good food. At home, celebratory altars, called 'ofrendas', are created. These altars are decorated with skulls made of painted sugar, photographs, candles, papel picado, sweets, and festive skeleton figures. Dia de Muertos falls each year on November 1st and 2nd.