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It’s a time meant for celebrating loved ones, both present and past. Every year, friends and family gather to pray for those who have died, creating colorful ofrendas, or altars, in honor of the dead.
These ofrendas are typically decorated with marigold petals; calacas and calaveras (skulls and skeletons); photographs of treasured mementos and favorite foods and drinks of the departed. You’ll also find burning candles meant to “evoke the spirit world.”
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The holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and other Latin American countries. Many Mexican-Americans continue to celebrate El Día de los Muertos in the United States.
The Atlanta History Center recently held a Day of the Dead Festival and Krog Street Market celebrated on Nov. 1 with live music at its Superica restaurant.
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"In its essence, it's a joyous occasion that's about dispelling fear and embracing the cycle of life," Google wrote for its doodle blog.
The calaveras in today’s doodle were handcrafted using clay by team member Nate Swinehart.
Want to know more about the holiday and share the culture with friends and family? Consider watching Disney's Academy-Award winning Pixar-animated film "Coco," which was inspired by the cherished Mexican tradition.
More about El Día de los Muertos at Google.com/doodles.