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Celebrating Day of the Dead (video)

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A time to remember one's ancestors and honor death as a part of life

Day of the Dead, known as el Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is a Mexican holiday held each year to remember ancestors and loved ones who have died. The festivities involve face painting, costumes, dances, food and public celebrations. Corresponding to other holidays such as Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Day of the Dead celebrations have spread beyond Mexico to other Latin American countries and any place in the world with a Mexican community. It is a distinct tradition that seeks to remove fear from death and to celebrate it as a natural part of life.