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A Visual Guide to Día de los Muertos

The Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos is quickly approaching this year. This celebration is gaining popularity, however, many people still aren't clear exactly what this holiday is all about. See below for an easy to follow visual guide explaining everything from the history to important symbols often seen and their significance. 
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Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is often confused as the Mexican Halloween because of its use of skeletons and when the holiday is celebrated: Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. It's actually an Aztec holiday that originated in southern Mexico and celebrates the remembrance of family members and friends who have died. During this time, it is believed that the passageway between the real world and the spirit world opens so loved ones who have died are able to come back and visit. It is a holiday for family and friends to make peace with the inevitability of death and to remember loved ones. Today, the holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and many parts of the U.S. Here’s a brief look at the festivities that are associated with the holiday...