Skeletons fill Mexican streets in lead up to Day of the Dead celebrations

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Mexicans dressed as skeletons parades through the streets in anticipation of All Souls' Day in November.

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - Mexicans wore costumes and face paint on Sunday (Oct 22), disguising themselves as the iconic Mexican skeleton figure known as La Catrina or Elegant Skull and flooded the streets for a pre-Day of the Dead parade.

The Catrina was created by Jose Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican cartoonist illustrator and artist whose work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists because of its satirical acuteness and political engagement.

The parade took place days before the Day of the Dead, a pre-Hispanic tradition in which families remember their dead and celebrate the continuity of life. Mexican set up offerings to the dead which include photographs, food, candles, flowers, personal items, skulls made out of sugar, skeletons of paper-mache and sweets.

The Nov 2 Dia de Muertos or All Souls' Day interweaves Spanish influences with indigenous ancestor worship in South America, especially in places with strong indigenous populations such as in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

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