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Cozumel Día de los Muertos
Death and Mexican art (Painting: Mario Mizrahi).

Cozumel and the rest of Mexico remembered the Day of the Dead - El Día de los Muertos - on the weekend.

The event is held on the first and second day of November each year to celebrate the lives of deceased family members and ancestors.

Although sometimes misconstrued as being morbid by other cultures, the events in Mexico are full of joy and remembrance.

The belief is that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.

It is a time to celebrate relatives' lives, not mourn their passing away.

Special altars are made offering the deceased relatives their favorite items from when they were alive.

It is popular to include flowers and candles, but you may also see food, drink, tobacco and other curiosities.

Cozumel Day of the Dead
Skull art at Discover Mexico

Island bakers make special sweet skull-shaped pastries and flowers and memorials fill cemeteries. Marigolds are also very popular, a sacred orange flower that represents death.

Skull art on show at Discover Mexico and painting by local artist, Mario Mizrahi.

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