Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated in remembrance of the dead. Known as
‘Dia de Muertos’ in Spanish, it’s observed in Mexican communities throughout the U.S. as well as other parts of the world including Central and South America.
Traditionally a gathering of family and friends to honor the memory of lost loved ones, Day of the Dead has evolved over time and today includes vigils to pay respect to fallen heroes in wars. 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.
Celebrated October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christian triduum of Allhallowtide: All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day. 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.