What would you get if you mixed Catholicism and ancient Aztec rituals . . . with colored sugar and hot candle wax? You’d get a beautiful alter built to mark a holiday that many Latinos, and non-Latinos, celebrate this week called El Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. You’ve probably heard it erroneously called “Mexican Halloween” at some point for all the dark imagery of skulls, bones and death. But as Latino USA’s Marcos Nájera reports from Hollywood, the ghosts and spirits that appear during the first week of every November are anything but grim.
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