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The photos, taken by Alan Goodin, are just the beginning of one part of the celebration, the painting of walls, throughout Oaxaca.

THE DAYS OF THE DEAD-A Mexican Tradition

In Mexico, the ceremonies performed on the Days of the Dead aquire great significance at the beginning of November each year. All the preparations for the elaborate festivities are done in advance, in the month of October or even earlier. During these traditional celebrations, family ties become stronger and socioeconomic relation ships are notably enhanced in the community at large and the family nucleus in particular.

Beatriz M. Oliver V., from The Days of the Dead. GV editores, 1996.