The Day of the Dead is a happy celebration, not a sad one. The families welcome their dead back home and visit their graves. They clean and decorate the gravesites with large and bright flowers. They spend the day and night there with the rest of their family telling stories, eating, and talking about the ones who have died. In their home they decorate altars filled with flowers, incense, religious items, candles, clothes, the person's favorite foods and drinks, and other things to remind that family of that person.
The aromas from the flowers and incense are used to lead the dead to the gathering. Dances are performed and religious people go to church. The children like to make life-size paper machè skeletons. This holiday is very important to the families to honor and remember the loved ones they have lost.
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