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Latin Americans honor dead on All Saints' Day

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Karel Navarro / AP

A man cleans a tombstone at the Nueva Esperanza cemetery in the shantytown of Villa Maria del Triunfo in Lima, Peru, Tuesday Nov. 1. A tradition that coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day on Nov. 1 and 2., the ritual of cleaning and decorating graves with flowers is common throughout Latin America, as is having a picnic at the departed relative's grave site.

 


Ramon Espinosa / AP

A woman takes part in a Voodoo ritual during Day of the Dead celebrations at the Cite Soleil cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011

Marco Ugarte / AP

A man rests at the grave site of a departed loved one at the San Gregorio cemetery during the Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead holiday on the outskirts of Mexico City, Tuesday Nov. 1. A tradition that coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day on Nov. 1 and 2., families take picnics to the cemeteries and decorate the graves of departed relatives with marigolds, candles and sugar skulls. It is believed that the lit candles and the scent of the marigolds guide wandering souls back to their waiting families.