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Mexican villages try to preserve authentic Day of the Dead

Skeleton imagery abounds at Mexico City for Day of the Dead.
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Skeleton imagery abounds at Mexico City for Day of the Dead.

By FERNANDA PESCE
Associated Press

AROCUTIN, Mexico (AP) — Visitors are once again thronging the famed Day of the Dead ceremonies around Mexico’s Lake Patzcuaro. That means economic relief for a region that suffered from last year’s pandemic shutdown of the observance. In the city of Patzcuaro itself, tourists were treated to a parade, theater and music. But some smaller villages are trying to preserve the non-tourist flavor of traditions passed down for hundreds of years. While kids in Mexico City don Halloween-style costumes, people in the village of Arocutin are more concerned with the flower arrangements and candles meant to guide the spirits of the dead home.

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