Mexico: Day of the Dead full of life

Mexicans have a unique relationship with death. Rather than fear la muerte, they tend to laugh at it.
Credit: Allison Jackson

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Flower markets were doing a roaring trade on Friday as Mexicans prepared to welcome the spirits of their deceased loved ones for Day of the Dead.

The festival, known as El Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, falls on Nov. 2 and is one of the most important celebrations in the Mexican calendar.

At a flower market in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, vendors stood next to huge piles of traditional Day of the Dead flowers such as Mexican marigolds, deep red terciopelos and white nubes, which are said to help guide the spirits back to the living world.  

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