I never heard of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) until I married Robin. After learning such a wonderful and beautiful way of remembering lost loved ones, I think it should be celebrated by everyone all over the world! The beauty and celebration is breathtaking.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated (October 31-November 2) throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
The holiday is sometimes called Día de los Muertos in Anglophone countries, a back-translation of its original name, Día de Muertos. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.