Mexico: Relatives prepare bones of deceased for Day of the Dead celebration

People could be seen cleaning and preparing the bones of their deceased relatives on Thursday in Pomuch, Campeche state, as they prepare for the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) celebrations on November 2. As a relative of local deceased Rosa Yam Poot explained, «It's their party, thus they have to be clean, so when the celebration begins they will be clean to go out.» Rosa and other members... Еще will clean and dress the bones of the dead, before they are displayed for celebrations on November 2, when, according to ancient tradition, spirits will return to live with their family members for a single day. Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico, whereupon people pay their respects to friends and family members who have died. The festivities have existed since the pre-Hispanic era and fuses modern Mexican culture to pre-colonial times. The holiday traditionally takes place near October 31 (All Hallows' Eve), November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls Day).

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