Carnival Held for Mexican Day of the Dead

Thousands of people took to the streets of Mexico City, Sunday, October 27, to dance beside giant skulls and skeletons, rolled out for the fourth edition of the Day of the Dead parade.

Sunday's show featured enormous, brightly painted puppets in shapes like the Xoloitzcuintli, a hairless dog venerated by pre-Hispanic societies, and dancers decked out like skeletons moving to the sounds of marching bands.

Americans will celebrate Halloween on October 31, a tradition that dates back to an ancient Celtic festival in which it was believed the dead would return to haunt the living. Chances are, many of today’s trick-or-treaters will paint their faces like skulls, borrowing from an ancient Aztec tradition celebrated around the same time: Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead. (VOA/AP)


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