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Xantolo masked figures
Courtesy Secretaria de Turismo San Luis Potosí

"Xantolo" refers to Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and All Saint's Day (Todos Santos) festivities in the Huasteca region of Mexico. The word Xantolo comes from the Spanish word for saints (santo) and the Nahuatl term "olo" which means abundance, the combination of which means "All Saints." The festival is celebrated throughout the Huasteca region in the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi.

During the festivities of Xantolo the deceased are remembered and honored. Besides the customs which are common throughout Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, Xantolo celebrations also feature special dances such as the Cuadrillas, Baile de los Comanches and Baile de los Viejos.

A few of the villages where Xantolo is practiced with particular devotion: Tempoal in the state of Veracruz, Tehuetlan in the state of Hidalgo, and San Vicente Tancuayalab and San Martín Chalchicuatla in San Luis Potosí.

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Pronunciation: shan-tow-low
Also Known As: Day of the Dead, Día de Muertos, All Saint's Day, Todos Santos
Alternate Spellings: shantolo
Xantolo is a Mexican tradition in which deceased loved ones are celebrated and honored.

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