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Day of the Dead Celebrations Across Latin America

Day of the Dead originated from Indigenous traditions in Latin America to remember the ones who have passed. It's one of the most important celebrations not only in Mexico, but also in Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia and other communities across the region and the United States.

teleSUR takes a look at celebrations from past years.

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A girl flies a kite in the cemetery of Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala. An ancient Mayan tradition that has integrated Catholic traditions. It is believed the kite (called Barrilete) connects the living with the dead.
A girl flies a kite in the cemetery of Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala. An ancient Mayan tradition that has integrated Catholic traditions. It is believed the kite (called Barrilete) connects the living with the dead. Photo:Reuters
 A woman from Oaxaca prepares for a parade in celebration of Day of the Dead.
A woman from Oaxaca prepares for a parade in celebration of Day of the Dead. Photo:EFE
Solola, Guatemala. A man and his son repaint an above ground grave. People wait for the first rays of the sun to illuminate the colorful tombstones, and gather in cemeteries with fresh flowers and food.
Solola, Guatemala. A man and his son repaint an above ground grave. People wait for the first rays of the sun to illuminate the colorful tombstones, and gather in cemeteries with fresh flowers and food. Photo:EFE
Traditional Guatemalan dancers honor the dead with a dance in front of a church in Chichicastenango in Quiche.
Traditional Guatemalan dancers honor the dead with a dance in front of a church in Chichicastenango in Quiche. Photo:EFE
A musician plays his violin next to a depiction of La Santa Muerte (Saint Death) at a shrine during Day of the Dead celebrations in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
A musician plays his violin next to a depiction of La Santa Muerte (Saint Death) at a shrine during Day of the Dead celebrations in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo:Reuters
A woman blows smoke from a cigarette towards a figurine of La Santa Muerte (Saint Death) at a shrine during Day of the Dead celebrations also in Ciudad Juarez.
A woman blows smoke from a cigarette towards a figurine of La Santa Muerte (Saint Death) at a shrine during Day of the Dead celebrations also in Ciudad Juarez. Photo:Reuters
A child sits next to a grave of a relative on the Day of the Dead, at a cemetery of Metepec on the outskirts of Mexico City.
A child sits next to a grave of a relative on the Day of the Dead, at a cemetery of Metepec on the outskirts of Mexico City. Photo:Reuters
People, with their faces painted as skulls, take part in a traditional parade called "Paseo de las Animas", or Parade of Souls, as part of Day of the Dead celebrations in Merida, Mexico.
People, with their faces painted as skulls, take part in a traditional parade called "Paseo de las Animas", or Parade of Souls, as part of Day of the Dead celebrations in Merida, Mexico. Photo:Reuters
Dozens of men and women in traditional dress parade in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dozens of men and women in traditional dress parade in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Bolivia: An Aymara shaman performs a Day of the Dead ritual to honor the food and T
Bolivia: An Aymara shaman performs a Day of the Dead ritual to honor the food and T'antawawas. Photo:EFE
Bolivians celebrate All Saints Day by paying homage to their dead ones with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads named T
Bolivians celebrate All Saints Day by paying homage to their dead ones with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads named T'antawawas. Photo:Reuters
A woman sits in "Las Llamitas" cemetery during the All Saints Day celebrations in La Paz, Bolivia, November 1, 2015. Bolivians celebrate All Saints Day by paying homage to their dead ones with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads, fresh fruit, coca leaves and flowers, according to local media.
A woman sits in "Las Llamitas" cemetery during the All Saints Day celebrations in La Paz, Bolivia, November 1, 2015. Bolivians celebrate All Saints Day by paying homage to their dead ones with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads, fresh fruit, coca leaves and flowers, according to local media. Photo:Reuters
People sit at graveyards in front of giant kites in the cemetery of Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Dating back 116 years, the tradition of flying kites in the cemetery of of Santiago Sacatepequez, integrates the Catholic feast of All Saints with ancient Mayan practices of honouring the dead. It is believed that the kites connect the living and the dead during the all saints day celebration.
People sit at graveyards in front of giant kites in the cemetery of Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Dating back 116 years, the tradition of flying kites in the cemetery of of Santiago Sacatepequez, integrates the Catholic feast of All Saints with ancient Mayan practices of honouring the dead. It is believed that the kites connect the living and the dead during the all saints day celebration. Photo:Reuters
People eat next to a grave during an All Saints celebration with kites in the cemetery of Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala, November 1, 2015. Dating back 116 years, the tradition of flying kites in the cemetery of of Santiago Sacatepequez, integrates the Catholic feast of All Saints with ancient Mayan practices of honouring the dead. It is believed that the kites connect the living and the dead during the all saints day celebration.
People eat next to a grave during an All Saints celebration with kites in the cemetery of Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala, November 1, 2015. Dating back 116 years, the tradition of flying kites in the cemetery of of Santiago Sacatepequez, integrates the Catholic feast of All Saints with ancient Mayan practices of honouring the dead. It is believed that the kites connect the living and the dead during the all saints day celebration. Photo:Reuters
A family altar is seen during the celebration of "Los Canchules" in Nahuizalco. People remember their deceased relatives and friends during All Saints Day by preparing altars and sharing food with all visitors, prior to the Day Of the Dead.
A family altar is seen during the celebration of "Los Canchules" in Nahuizalco. People remember their deceased relatives and friends during All Saints Day by preparing altars and sharing food with all visitors, prior to the Day Of the Dead. Photo:Reuters
A girl stands at a family altar during the celebration of "Los Canchules" in Nahuizalco. People remember their deceased relatives and friends during All Saints Day by preparing altars and sharing food with all visitors, prior to the Day Of the Dead.
A girl stands at a family altar during the celebration of "Los Canchules" in Nahuizalco. People remember their deceased relatives and friends during All Saints Day by preparing altars and sharing food with all visitors, prior to the Day Of the Dead. Photo:Reuters
A man plays the drum at a family altar during the celebration of "Los Canchules" in Nahuizalcoams November 1, 2015. People remember their deceased relatives and friends during All Saints Day by preparing altars and sharing food with all visitors, prior to the Day Of the Dead.
A man plays the drum at a family altar during the celebration of "Los Canchules" in Nahuizalcoams November 1, 2015. People remember their deceased relatives and friends during All Saints Day by preparing altars and sharing food with all visitors, prior to the Day Of the Dead. Photo:Reuters
People clean graves at a cemetery known for its topiary art, during the observance of the Day of the Dead, in Tulcan, Ecuador.
People clean graves at a cemetery known for its topiary art, during the observance of the Day of the Dead, in Tulcan, Ecuador. Photo:Reuters
A girl collects payment at a shop outside a cemetery known for its topiary art, during the observance of the Day of the Dead, in Tulcan, Ecuador A girl collects payment at a shop outside a cemetery known for its topiary art, during the observance of the Day of the Dead, in Tulcan, Ecuador.
A girl collects payment at a shop outside a cemetery known for its topiary art, during the observance of the Day of the Dead, in Tulcan, Ecuador A girl collects payment at a shop outside a cemetery known for its topiary art, during the observance of the Day of the Dead, in Tulcan, Ecuador. Photo:Reuters
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A 'Dia de Los Muertos' (Day of the dead) altar showing a sign of 'dead' skeleton migrant characters running across a high-way called 'Metros Crossing' by Lalo Alcatraz is displayed at Grand Park, in downtown Los Angeles, California. Photo:EFE
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