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A Mexican festivity as graceful honour to the dead

Dia de los Muertos represents the day of the dead. It is believed that the souls of the dead once a year return to earth. The holiday and commemoration period takes place for two days, November 1 for the children's souls and November 2 for the adult's souls.

This holiday started with the traditions of different indigenous people in Mexico, like the Aztecs, Mayas and Purepechas. The entire ninth month of the Aztec calendar was dominated by regeneration and the worship of ancestors, including the exhibition of preserved skulls. A festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, alias "lady of the dead."

Up until now the Mexican population still prepare this festival with colorful skulls and skeletons, offering goods, food and drinks, visiting graves of loved ones who passed away, really everything on this dark yet colorful festival is about indulging the dead.

The Mexican holiday is listed on the List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


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