As Mexicans mark Day of the Dead, some no longer believe
TLACOTEPEC, Mexico (AFP) - Mr Isaac Carrasco and his two daughters dutifully adorned the graves of several relatives with beds of marigolds and crosses made of red flowers for Mexico's Day of the Dead.
But the nearby tombstones of his grandparents were bare and surrounded by metal bars, left this way by his aunts, who no longer mark the annual ritual.
Like a growing number of Mexicans, Mr Carrasco's aunts became Protestant and no longer believe in a tradition that dates back from the Aztec era and was later fused with Catholic beliefs.
"I would be sad if my daughters forgot about by grave like the way they abandoned by grandparents' graves," Mr Carrasco, a farmer in his 60s, said at the San Lucas Cemetery in the central Mexican town of Tlacotepec.