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Every year on November 2nd Mexico celebrates el Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. The Day of the Dead is actually a day to fondly remember and honor friends and family that have passed on. Most Mexican families set up an altar in their home, which includes food, sweets, candles, flowers, and photos of their loved ones. Many times the favorite foods or drinks of the deceased family members are also placed on the altar.
The local market is the best place to find all of the items that are needed to create the perfect Day of the Dead altar. Right now Market 23 in downtown Cancun is filled to the brim with families shopping for all of the items they need. Halloween has also become quite popular in Mexico, so you can also find costumes and plastic pumpkin pails for trick-or-treating at the market. Mexican children generally dress up as, well, scary dead things, like devils and ghosts.
Mexican sweets or "dulces".
Flowers are an important part of the altar.
And more sweets. These are made from a vegetable called "camote".
Trick or treat!
Visiting a traditional Mexican market before el Dia de los Muertos is a sweet colorful cultural experience!