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Skeletons, Skulls and Altars: ‘Day of the Dead’ Festivals Held Nationwide to Remember Deceased, Welcome Spirits ‘Back for a Visit’

Updated: November 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm EST  See Comments

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Festivals and other celebrations for “El Dia De Los Muertos”—or “The Day of the Dead”—are being held in cities nationwide and around the world, an annual Latin American-Roman Catholic observance that is meant to honor the lives of deceased loved ones, but with the belief that the spirits of the departed find their way back to their families to enjoy the things they once loved.

“God is calling us to follow Him and to ‘come out from among them (the pagans, heathen and unbelievers) and be separate’ (2 Corinthians 6:17),” Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas told Christian News Network.

“As Christians seek to abide in God’s word, they will become like the Psalmist who gained understanding from God’s word and hated every false way (Psalm 119:104). He wrote, ‘How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways” (Ps. 119:2-3).”

HISTORY OF ‘THE DAY OF THE DEAD’

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The three-day observance, which begins on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 2, is believed to have originated in Mexico with the Aztecs, and was merged with Roman Catholicism after the conquistadors began taking over South American empires.

“When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in the early 1500s, they encountered the native Nahua peoples, including the Aztecs. When autumn came, the conquistadors witnessed the extended rituals celebrated by these people honoring both

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