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Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. It is a holiday for remembering passed ancestors, welcoming a literal visit from those who have left us. It is believed that no one who is remembered has fully and finally died; they live on as long as they are remembered.

The "Catrina" -- a skeleton in the guise of a well-dressed woman -- is a fixture of these celebrations. The message is that -- no matter one's status while living -- death is the great equalizer.

Every year in La Paz, there is a wonderfully competitive pageant for catrina costumes. This shot is from 2010; we thought she had the best make-up!

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