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Mexico readies for Day of the Dead

Fernando Llano, AP

Posted at Oct 30 2020 03:56 PM

Mexico readies for Day of the Dead

Customers wearing protective face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic shop for flowers at the Jamaica Market in Mexico City on Thursday. Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration this weekend won’t be the same in a year so marked by death, in a country where more than 90,000 people have died of COVID-19. Many of those had to be cremated rather than buried, and even for those with gravesides to visit, the pandemic has forced authorities in most parts of Mexico to close cemeteries to prevent the traditional Nov. 1-2 observances when entire families clean and decorate tombs.