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The indigenous people of Central and Southern, Mexico celebrate Day of the Dead on November 1st and 2nd. The locals believe that the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31, and the deceased children are allowed to come to Earth and reunite with their families for 24 hours before going back to heaven. On November 2nd the adults are then to come down and enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. One of the traditions for November 2nd is for the village to take all the festivities to the cemetery where they then clean the tombs, play games, listen to the village band and reminisce on their family members.The tradition bonds the village close to one another. Families spend a lot of time preparing for this celebration. Due to most of the families being in rural areas in Mexico they have to save up about two months of pay for all the expenses.

Families prepare the altars of the deceased with their favorite things. There are flowers, sodas, water, candy, sugar skulls, toys, many different types of food, and special breads that are baked specifically for Dia de los muertos called “pan de muerto”. Some of the objects at the altar change

Families of the deceased decorate their altar with their favorite things.

Families of the deceased decorate their altar with their favorite things.

for the adult spirits; toys are switched out for shots of alcohol and cigarettes. By honoring their loved ones in this way they believe that the happy spirits will provide their family with good luck, protection, and wisdom.

It’s only in southern and central Mexico where the colorful parties take place, but Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout the Catholic world and has many different parts. The holiday is all about respecting the dead and a remembrance to all loved ones.

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