MEXICO CITY — Mexico finally has returned to mass commemorations of the Day of the Dead, after traditional visits to graveyards were prohibited last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But the one-year hiatus showed how the tradition itself refuses to die: Most families still celebrated with home altars to their decease loved ones, and some snuck into cemeteries anyway.
There was a special altar in downtown Mexico City dedicated to those who died of COVID-19.
For most, it was a joyful return, above all, to public activities.
But the last year was so difficult that there were some tears at the coronavirus memorial.