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Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead after pandemic closures

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Oct 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-31 17:37:08-04

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico finally has returned to mass commemorations of the Day of the Dead, after traditional visits to graveyards were prohibited last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the one-year hiatus showed how the tradition itself refuses to die: Most families still celebrated with home altars to their decease loved ones, and some snuck into cemeteries anyway.

There was a special altar in downtown Mexico City dedicated to those who died of COVID-19.

For most, it was a joyful return, above all, to public activities.

But the last year was so difficult that there were some tears at the coronavirus memorial.