For Mexico - predominantly a Roman Catholic country - All Souls Day is Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead.
GV. of Mexico City Cathedral
BACK V. Worshippers into Cathedral
BACK V. Woman on knees
CV. Woman reads religious text
SV. Man counting money
LV. Selling religious articles
SV. Shows trays stacked with sugar skulls
CV. Skulls on tray
SV. Shop window, shows articles
SV. People buy flowers
CU. PAN.. of flowers
SV. Bus, people get out
SV. People at cemetery
SV. People look at plaque of Diego Rivers
CU. Bust of Diego Rivera
CU. People looking
LV. People into cemetery with flowers
SV. Child at graveside
SV. People picnic-ing at graveside
CV. People in cemetery
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Background: For Mexico - predominantly a Roman Catholic country - All Souls Day is Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead.
In Mexico City the day starts with numerous people attending mass in the Cathedral or making a pilgrimage to the famous shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Some of the pilgrims go to the shrine on their knees.
In contrast, there is a humorous side to the ceremonies. The bakeries produce special loaves (Pan de Muerto) for the occasion, and skulls made of sugar. You can order a sugar skull - almost life-size - inscribed with the name of the person it is to be presented to. On the bakery windows humorous pictures advertise different kinds of Pan de Muerto. Practical jokers put obituary notices in the papers for friends still among the living.
Families have an unusual way of remembering their dead. Busloads of people flock to the cemeteries to have a picnic by the family graves and to decorate the graves with flowers. (In Mexico City's "Pantheon de Dolores" cemetery is seen the grave of the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera.)