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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world. Originating with the Aztecs, the holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is believed that during these few days of the year (Oct 31-Nov 2) the dead can visit and partake once again in their favorite worldly pleasures, especially food and drink. Shrines are created for each dead person including many of their favorite foods, drinks, hobbies, passions etc. After families clean off and decorate the graves of their loved ones, some stay up all night telling funny stories about  the deceased and socializing with one another. They may even hire musicians to entertain them throughout the night. Blankets and pillows are placed on graves to warm and allow rest for the dead once they return from their long journey. It is a festive celebration where the dead are “alive” again with those who love them.

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