The Day of The Dead or All Souls Day in Sicily

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Il Giorno dei Morti, or in Sicilian, Un juornu re muorti–The Day of the Dead or All Souls Day–has traditionally been a celebration of relatives passed. Although traditions are changing as a result of the modern world, in the past on November 2, Sicilians spent the holiday recognizing their dead loved ones by visiting the cemetery to pay tribute. They ritually had picnics at the graves. Today, celebrating the dead with a feast is done more often at home. And so as not to scare children too much with summoning the dead, which is the object of the feast, there is a tradition of the youngsters waking up to find toys or sweets that have been left by the visiting dead relatives.

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