It is the best-known Mexican tradition in the world. Pre-Hispanic in origin, it takes place on November 1st and 2nd every year, in which days the deceased ancestors and loved ones are honored with altars, offerings and various activities. The Day of the Dead has become such a popular tradition thanks to its colors, flavors, aromas, symbols, and spirituality. In 2008, it was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. During these days, all of México transforms into a celebration of death as a new stage in life, rather than its end.
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