'Book Of Life' Animates The Day Of The Dead

July 15, 2014 1:52 PM

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, artist Luis Castillo poses for a photo in a costume he designed and says is a representation of death, during a contest for the best Day of the Dead altars sponsored by a local university in Mexico City. Elaborate altars are erected inside homes around the region to remember loved ones who have died, decorated with photographs, candles, flowers, skeleton figurines, sugar skulls and sometimes the favorite food and drink of the dearly departed. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

In this Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 photo, a rooster walks on the arm of a cross as believers observe All Saints' Day at the Nejapa cemetery in Managua, Nicaragua. The souls of departed loved ones are being honored around Latin America as celebrants blend pre-Columbian rituals with the Roman Catholic obser...

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