The Day Of The Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is not Halloween. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with All Hallows' Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Another one of the major parts of observance of the Day Of The Dead is the Novenario. The Novenario is a procession proceeded by a blessing. For many years now, my wife and I have been helping with the Novenario on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles by taking the part of Calacas, the skeletons that represent the departed loved ones.
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