October 17, 2021

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Coronavirus costumes to be part of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations

Coronavirus-inspired masks and hats will be on display among the traditional costumes at Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations this year. Footage recorded on Thursday at Mexico City’s Mercado Sonora shows costume stands where coronavirus masks and caps can be seen, as well as costumes imitating protective suits with gas masks. “The one that has been sold the most is the cap, since it draws attention because it is big, and it fits both children and adults as well,” said Diana Itzel, a merchant. She added that she had sold between 150 and 200 pieces. She also showcased a coronavirus mask, which had been less successful, selling between 20 and 25. Neri Arellano Garcia, another merchant, said that the costume can help “create awareness” among children about the virus, whilst keeping with the traditions of the Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead, or ‘Dia de los Muertos,’ dates back to old Aztec traditions and takes place in major Mexican cities and small towns between November 1 and 2. According to the tradition, families dress with costumes and offer food, drinks, and prayers to the spirits of their deceases family members, who come back to celebrate life with the living world. (Ruptly)