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Although the Pagan holiday of Samhain is officially on the night of October 31, there are also other groups who celebrate the world of the dead around this time of year. In Mexico, the time between October 31 and November 2 is known as Dia de los Muertos
, the Day of the Dead. One of the most popular customs is that of making Sugar Skulls
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I got an email a while ago from a reader named Betta who lives in Mexico, and she mentioned to me that in her country, the dead are welcomed into the world of the living with cakes and breads and flowers. It's quite the opposite of what many of us are used to, though, because here in America there is a mainstream idea that "spirits are bad", yet in largely Catholic Mexico, they are celebrated with joy, as if one is greeting a long-lost friend. Isn't it interesting how two countries so close together geographically can have such opposing perceptions of the spirit world?
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