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Halloween Creeps In Where Local Tradition Ruled the Living and Dead

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New York Times
Release Date: 
October 30, 2014

As Day of the Dead approaches on Sunday, it is hard to tell what Mexicans are celebrating. Is it reverence for the relatives who have passed on, their sepia photos to be placed on home altars sprinkled with yellow marigold petals and framed by their favorite food? Or is it Halloween, imported with a recorded witch’s cackle and puffy pumpkin costumes?

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