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      Valley families celebrate 'El Dia de los Muertos'

      It TMs a Mexican tradition known as El Dia Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead where many gather around cemeteries and remember their loved ones.

      It TMs a holiday that focuses on bringing together family and friends to pray for those who are no longer with us. Program Coordinator, Rhiannon Cizon, from the Brownsville Historical Association, said "People find it important to take care of their past in connection with their relatives and ancestors, that I don TMt see in other parts of the country," she goes on to say that she TMs never seen any other kind of tradition that does something like this.

      Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. And for many this is also a tradition like Maricela Salas who said "Since we've been growing up we've been coming every year to the cemetery to visit our grandparents and we keep it as a tradition to remember our family, to never forget them, and just to remember the memories we had with them.

      For others it helps put their mind at ease like Nydia Gonzalez who said since her dad died two years ago it helps her to visit the cemetery and remember him.

      It is believed that this day of the dead is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living and so that the souls hear the prayer directed to them by their loved ones.