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Friday File: Día de Los Muertos

If you’ve ever disembarked from a cruise ship in Mexico at this time of year, then you know what that means. Maybe you know even if you’ve never been in Mexico on “Day of the Dead” weekend, which oddly enough coincides with Halloween. To the Mexican people, this is a far more serious time — a time to remember and pray for friends and family members who have died. It’s a five-day celebration with Maya roots, as we discovered on a visit to Merida, near Progreso on the Yucatan Peninsula…

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Sometimes the people remembered are famous friends who belonged to the human family.

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This is a typical ‘Day of the Dead’ display found in any Mexican town or city at the end of October.

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More than a century old (does she look her age?), Catrina is a popular symbol and is known as “elegant skull.”

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Norwegian Getaway
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December 6, 2015
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