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November 1, All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day, are marked throughout Mexico by intriguing customs that vary widely according to the ethnic roots of each region. Common to all, however, are colorful adornments and lively reunions at family burial plots, the preparation of special foods, offerings laid out for the departed on commemorative altars and religious rites that are likely to include noisy fireworks.

In most localities November 1 is set aside for remembrance of deceased infants and children, often referred to as angelitos (little angels). Those who have died as adults are honored November 2.

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An altar de muertos dedicated to the late singer Lola Beltran, whose CD centers the altar. Plates hold tamales and bread; a bottle of liquor and concert tickets are also seen. © Daniel Wheeler, 2009
An altar de muertos dedicated to the late singer Lola Beltran, whose CD centers the altar. Plates hold tamales and bread; a bottle of liquor and concert tickets are also seen. © Daniel Wheeler, 2009

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Skeleton. © David McLaughlin, 1997
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Published or Updated on: May 10, 2011 by Index Page © 2009

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