I love the Day of the Dead celebrations.
Everybody has fun.
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Mostly because the Latino and native population is quite serious and sincere about venerating their late family members. I would think the phenomenon started with the Indian natives and then overtook the Spaniards and mestizos in Latin America. I think the sugar skulls go back to the Aztecs and Mayans, the codex nuttal and meso-american era.
We don't really have a corollary for this sort of thing in Western culture.
We do say the kaddish, or prayer for the dead on Yom Kippor in Judaism. And forgive and ask for forgiveness.
But most cultures I am aware of have nothing like this these days celebrating their ancestors.
The whole club outdid their selves.