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29 Breathtaking Día De Los Muertos Photos

The "Day of the Dead" has exploded in popularity in recent years. Here's a look at the catrinas, sugar skulls, and ofrendas created to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on.

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3. In places like Los Angeles, the holiday has taken on a pan-Latino quality, celebrated by some Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and other Central Americans.

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5. Graves and altars are decorated with things that were loved by the deceased, like food, liquor, flowers, and trinkets.

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7. Here are a bunch of them.

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10. The way the holiday is celebrated now is a mixture of pre-Hispanic traditions along with some merging of Catholic theology.

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12. According to Mexican folklore, the gates of heaven open at midnight on Nov. 1 and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours.

14. The timeline is not strictly adhered to, however, and many begin celebrating on Oct. 31.

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24. Some people combine Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

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Thanks to Jazmín Morales for insight and diadelosmuertosmask.tumblr.com for many of the great photos.

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at adrian.carrasquillo@buzzfeed.com.

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