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DIA DE MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD)

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is more than just ‘Mexican Halloween’ – it’s a vivid and strangely life-affirming mix of all the traditions that make up Mexico today. Get ready for some skull-inspired face-painting with our guide to the festival.
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The cempasúchil, or Mexican marigold, is a symbol of the festival. One legend has it that an Aztec girl mourning for her lover killed in battle was turned into the flower by the sun god, while the warrior came back as a hummingbird.

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