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Despite its name, Día de los Muertos is not a depressing
or morbid holiday. People go to cemeteries to clean the gravesites
of loved ones and reminisce. They build altars in honor of the
departed, and put food and flowers (usually the symbolic marigold)
on them. Skeleton balloons and candies are very popular.
You can find out more about this holiday by following
links on the
of the Dead page.
The best display was from a store called el sol, which sells
fine mexican arts and crafts imports. [They are located at 418 South
Market in San Jose, and their phone number is (408)279-3576.]
You may click the picture at the left for a larger view.
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