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Instead, people visit and repair graves of their dearly departed.
It is common to light candles, leave offerings of prepared foods, often a favorite meal, and to pray and play music.
Celebrations can sometimes take a humorous tone, particularly if the deceased relative was known to enjoy humor.
Poems can be read and public morality plays are sometimes performed.
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People who die in a state of mortal sin go directly to hell, by virtue of their choice, while those who die without sin may go directly to heaven.
Day of the Dead is an occasion to pray for these departed people in purgatory.
Many Mexicans also trace their celebrations back to ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
The half-skull painted on the face, particularly of a youthful woman, represents the brief transition between life and death.
The holiday itself has multiple traditional origins, chiefly Catholic.
The Aztec, in particular, would celebrate their dead for the entire month of August.