"Dia de Muertos" - Celebration of Life
Is a Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and to remember members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in small towns.
The celebration takes place in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day ( nov.1st ) and All Souls' Day ( nov. 2nd )
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods and beverages of departed. Also their graves are visited with these gifts, were people clean tumbs, spend the night, praying, singing, and eating the favorite food of the deceased. They believe, that the gates of heaven are opened; and the spirits of relatives and friends deceased, come down to enjoy the festivities, that are prepared for them.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.