Día de los Muertos and 8 Other Festivals of the Dead Around the World from Día de los Muertos and 8 Other Festivals of the Dead Around the World Slideshow

Día de los Muertos and 8 Other Festivals of the Dead Around the World Slideshow

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Día de los Muertos and 8 Other Festivals of the Dead Around the World

Despite all the talk of ghosts and spirits on October 31, most Americans would sooner spend the holiday dressing up and retelling ghost stories than remembering loved ones who have passed on. In many other parts of the world, festivals of the dead are centered around deceased family members, and families focus on extensive preparations for the return of the spirits of their ancestors.

In honor of Halloween, read on to learn about nine festivals around the world that honor the dead.