Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday
observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures.
holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and
remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly
celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration
takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection
with the triduum of Hallowtide: All Hallows' Eve, Hallowmas, and All
connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas,
honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite
foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these
as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances
dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to
the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world.
In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate
by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and
parades and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and
pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere
in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and