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The picture of the skull, or calavera, is an integral part of the holiday. People paint their faces as skulls and skulls prepared from sugar and clay are also used as decorations. The figure of Catrina, a female skeleton dressed in pretty clothes has become a cultural symbol for the festival.
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Sometimes celebrations take a comical tone with poems and stories recited in memory of the departed. People also leave blankets and pillows for the deceased to rest.
Parallel celebrations are observed throughout the world to remember the deceased, one such example is the Halloween festival in the U.S.