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Day of the Dead, Part IV: A Video Tour

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In our ongoing coverage of the Day of the Dead, a celebration traced back to the indigenous people of Mexico some 3,000 years ago, we've traveled all over the world. We started at the celebration's origins, took a tour through America, and then followed the spread of this culturally significant holiday across the globe. Now we'd like to look at some videos of Days of the Dead past. Enjoy—we sure know we did!

Washington, D.C.

The Day of the Dead celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian


Los Angeles

Filmed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery October 30th 2010 The 11th Annual "Dia De los Muertos" festival (Day of the Dead) 

Los Angeles

The Autry celebrates Day of the Dead with its annual ¡Vivan Los Muertos! festival which brings to life the ancient Aztec ritual to both remember the dead and mock death itself.


Dia de Los Muertos in Berkeley's gourmet ghetto.


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A beautiful spoken word accompaniment to these images from the Day of the Dead in Riverside, California

Tucson, Arizona

The annual All Souls Procession


The Travel Channel heads to Mexico to explore the celebration's origins.


Incredible stop-motion animation and haunting music make this Day of the Dead video unforgettable.La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, is the Hispanic legend of Maria, a beautiful but lovelorn woman who drowns her children to be with the man she loves. He rejects her, and she kills herself. Needless to say she gets snagged at the gates of Heaven, where God tells her she must find her children before she can even think of entering. Maria wanders the earth for eternity, weeping as she searches for her children, hence the name (“llorar” means “to cry”). Some versions of the legend are told to children to keep them in line – they say she kidnaps wandering or disobedient kids. She allegedly cries something to the effect of, “Ay, mis hijos!” - “Oh, my children!”

Mexico City


Guatemala's 'Day of the Dead' celebration took to the air when Mayan Indians recalled an ancient tradition of flying enormous kites to communicate with their departed loved ones.