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The night air taints the haunted sky and the disturbance of children lasts until the following morning Halloween is a simple holiday that started many hundreds of years ago but it was not known as Halloween but Los Dias De Los MuertosEvery autumn Monarch Butterflies return to Mexico for the winter protection of the trees The local town folk welcome back the returning butterflies which they believe bear the spirits of their dead relatives The spirits are honored during Los Dias de los Muertos Los Dias de los Muertos translates to the Days of the Dead and is traditional Mexican holiday honoring the dead It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween Los Dias de los Muertos is not a sad time but instead a time of remembering and rejoicingThe townspeople dress up as ghouls ghosts mummies and skeletons and parade through the town carrying an open coffin The local vendors toss oranges inside as the parade makes its way past their markets Lucky coffins can also catch flowers fruits and candiesIn the homes families arrange altars with flowers bread fruit and candy they also put up pictures of the deceased family members In the night burning candles are lit The candles The next day the families travel to the cemetery They arrive with hoes picks and shovels They also carry flowers candles blankets and picnic baskets They have come to clean the graves of their loved ones The grave sites are weeded and the dirt is raked smooth The Crypts are scrubbed and swept Colorful flowers bread fruit and candles are placed on the graves Some people bring guitars and radios to listen to The families will spend the entire In conclusion Los Dias De Los Muertos is a very formal and festive holiday for spanish and other cultures alike That day is just to remember the loved ones you once had and cherish the memories you still retain We can
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