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The Day of the Dead isn’t Halloween. Here are its roots, from Aztec goddess worship to modern Mexican celebration.


Couples dancing and celebrating the Day of the Dead. (Image credit: FG Trade Latin/Getty images)

The Day of the Dead might sound like a solemn affair, but Mexico’s famous holiday (opens in new tab) is actually a lively commemoration of the departed.

The nationwide festivities, which include a massive parade in Mexico City (opens in new tab), typically begin the night of Oct. 31 with families sitting vigil at grave sites. Mexican tradition holds that on Nov. 1 and 2, the dead awaken to reconnect and celebrate with their living family and friends.

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