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In pictures: Day of the Dead festival

People light candles and place flowers in front of a communal tomb in a Manila cemetery, the Philippines, 1 November 2008

In many parts of Latin America, as well as the Philippines, people have been marking the Day of the Dead festival in honour of deceased relatives.

Relatives light candles at the graves of deceased loved ones in Manila, the Philippines

In the Philippines, millions of Catholics congregate with family members at the gravesides of dead loved ones to celebrate their memory.

Boy cleans the gravestone in cemetery in Manila, The Philippines, 1 November 2008

Here, a boy is silhouetted as he cleans a cross marking the grave of a loved one in a Manila cemetery.

Man dressed in an Aztec costume in Zocala Square, Mexico City

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead combines native Aztec and Roman Catholic practices and beliefs.

A girl made up so her face resembles a skull in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexicans hold their Day of the Dead on the Catholic festivals of All Saints and All Souls Days on 1 and 2 November.

A sculpture of La Catrina, a symbol representing death in Mexican folklore, in the Zocalo, Mexico City

Various sculptures of La Catrina - a symbol representing death in Mexican folklore - adorn town squares and altars across the country.

A Calaverita - little skull - placed on an altar in Mexico City

Other traditions include building altars honouring dead relatives, using sugar skulls and flowers as well as the favourite foods and drinks of the deceased.

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