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In Mexico, the Day of the Dead Was Full of Life

El Dia de los Muertos is a time for celebration rather than mourning.

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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, is being celebrated this weekend 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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