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Day of the Dead

Wax figurines © Scott Clark
Wax figurines © Scott Clark

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican custom with Aztec roots, celebrating the memory of the dead with prayers, parties and visits to graves. In most regions, 1 November honours lost children and infants, whereas 2 November honours dead adults. The Mexican celebrations coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, with markets and stores in Mexico City liberally stocking up on candy skulls, paper skeletons and candles. Processions head towards cemeteries, where vigils or even parties occur and the favourite foods and possessions of dead relatives are often left at graves. Visitors to Mexico City should head for Mixquic, a mountain pueblo south of the city. It hosts an elaborate street fair and solemn processions to the town cemetery.

Date: 1—2 November annually