Day of the Dead

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Residents with painted faces and holding candles participate in El Paseo de Las Almas,The Walk of Souls, during a Day of the Dead festival in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on October 28, 2016. 
The Day of the Dead in the Mayan area is called

Residents with painted faces and holding candles participate in El Paseo de Las Almas,The Walk of Souls, during a Day of the Dead festival in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on October 28, 2016. The Day of the Dead in the Mayan area is called "Hanal Pixan" in Castilian, meaning food of souls and participants start the parade at the cemetery and walk along the streets with painted faces. / AFP / ALEJANDRO MEDINA (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Residents with painted faces and holding candles participate in El Paseo de Las Almas,The Walk of Souls, during a Day of the Dead festival in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on October 28, 2016. The Day of the Dead in the Mayan area is called "Hanal Pixan" in Castilian, meaning food of souls and participants start the parade at the cemetery and walk along the streets with painted faces. / AFP / ALEJANDRO MEDINA (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Martin, Staff Writer

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The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a far-reaching Mexican tradition during which people honor the lives of their past family members in a manner that keeps their legacy in the minds of all of their descendants. The ideology behind the holiday is that those who have passed, if remembered, go to a special “plane” of existence; those who are forgotten move on to another realm in which they exist forever as lost souls. Because of this, those who celebrate Day of the Dead do anything and everything they can to create altars in remembrance of their loved ones, honoring their lives and even offering food to the souls of those they loved.

In Mexico, homes are decked out from top to bottom in decorations; even the streets are decorated in celebration. The decorations normally consist of brightly colored skulls and skeletons that are a representation of the bodies of the deceased. Glitter of all different colors adorns the bones. Despite the name, Day of the Dead is actually celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd.

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