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Soul Food
By Ashlea Tate
Intro | Pan de Muerto | Recipe | Glazed Over | Glazed And Confused

Even though a lot of us are afraid of ghosts (with the exception of Casper…you know…the friendly one), many in Mexico accept and have even set aside a day just to honor them.

While the majority of Americans trick-or-treat in search of something good to eat on Oct. 31, millions in Mexico will gather at gravesites for an all-night celebration called Día de los Muertos (Spanish for Day of the Dead), a holiday that welcomes the “return” of a lost loved one.

A joyous yet solemn occasion, many believe the spirits leave the afterlife on Oct. 30 and reunite with family the following day. At sunrise on Nov. 1, also known as All Saints’ Day, the spirits go back “home.”

Anticipating their arrival, families prepare extravagant offerings for the dearly departed, including an array of culinary delights.

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