November 2 – All Souls’ Day (Día de los Fieles Difuntos) also known as Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
The better known of the two early November holidays, Day of the Dead honors adult dead friends, relatives, and loved ones with altars (with favorite items of the loved ones), music, graveyard celebrations, food, and more. Calaveras de azúcar (small skulls made of sugar). It is not a state holiday.
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Traditional Mexican Catrina figurine for Mexican Day Of The Dead memorials.
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Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a holiday in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Though it may sound gloomy or morbid, it’s not. It’s a festive and colorful holiday. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. They also make elaborately decorated altars (called ofrendas) in their homes to welcome the spirits.
Representations of Catrina, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.