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In photos: Dia de los Muertos in the Zocalo

October 31, 2008 |  9:51 am

Preparations for the Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Mexico are well underway: Mexico City's Zocalo is awash with variations of the traditional ofrendas built to welcome the returning spirits of the dead on Nov. 2 and 3.

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A skeleton grins out of an ofrenda featuring the dead grieving over the dead.

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A skeleton leans over to offer a cempazuchil flower. The orange-petaled plant is the flor de muerto and traditional at this time of year.

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La Catrina, or Lady Death, stands in front of the Mexico City cathedral. 

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People spread food such as chicken with mole sauce, bread and salt on the ofrendas to be enjoyed by the spirits of the dead on their return, with a shot of tequila or mezcal to wash it down.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

Images: Day of the Dead in the Zocalo. Credit: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times

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