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Day of the Dead

When we first learned of Day of the Dead, like most people from the US, we thought it was similar to Halloween.  That's a natural reaction, since Day of the Dead follows Halloween and has many items and images of skulls and skeletons.  Turns out, that's not at all the case.

Comparing to holidays in the US, Day of the Dead is more like Thanksgiving, really.  It is a way to honor deceased relatives and, by doing so, celebrating life.  In Baja and most of Mexico, November 1st is to honor children and infants, and deceased adults are honored on November 2nd.  Families visit cemeteries to clean and decorate the graves with flowers, foods and beverages, and photos and memorabilia, of the deceased.  The gathering can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the deceased.  The humorous tone also serves to mock death and celebrate life.

The typical flowers used to decorate are called cempasúchil.  They are believed to help guide the spirit to the afterlife.  Offerings of food are to help the spirit have the strength to make the journey.  In some places, families have picnics at the grave site, as well.

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Well decorated grave at Descanso

 

Our Explorers were moved by this child's grave decorated with toys and a small angel

 

A lot of care went into this decoration

 

This grave was decorated with flowers and food, including bananas

 

 

 

 

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Restaurante 58

What do you do when you have been busy shopping on Ave. Revolución and are hungry after haggling with the merchants there... and the place you thought you'd go doesn't open for two more hours?  Well, you ask one of the local merchants.  He said: "Go to Restaurante 58".

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