MEXICO, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) mainly in the states of Michoacan (esp. Patzcuaro) and Oaxaca .
Lots of different ceremonies to link the dead with the living, plus sand sculptures, fancy dress, decorated altars, sugar skulls and plenty of cardboard cadavers. Visit cemeteries late night Nov 1-2 to see the candles, flowers, music and family parties. In Oaxaca the more spacious new cemetery is livelier than the old one.