The Mexican tradition of El Dia de los Muertos brings together the living and the dead every November. Elaborate holiday traditions all serve to honor and welcome the spirits of dead loved ones, who are believed to be back for a visit.

The tradition lives on among Mexican immigrants. And most fascinatingly, Dia de los Muertos has become a cross-cultural celebration in America. Listen as host Maria Hinojosa takes you on a journey, preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

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Watch Maria help students at her daughter’s school build Day of the Dead altars in this video produced by The Futuro Media Group’s Nusha Balyan.

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