Skeleton

How Mexico combines Halloween and Day of the Dead into one surreal celebration

How Mexico combines Halloween and Day of the Dead into one surreal celebration

Mexico’s beloved grande dame of death, a stylishly attired skeleton named La Catrina, her grinning skull topped with trademark hat, has company in the market stands here: Hollywood extraterrestrials, Batman and other superheroes, along with sundry witches and monsters.

Ratas baratas! Diez pesos!” announces a vendor holding a bundle of plastic rodents by their long tails, each selling for 10 pesos, or just over 50 U.S. cents. “Cheap rats!”

In Mexico, customs originating in Europe and the indigenous world often meld in a surprisingly seamless fashion.

So it is with Halloween, a tradition born in Europe and transported here from the...

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