Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday, celebrating and honouring those who have departed. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd. Homes are decorated with beautiful altars known as ofrendas, laden with offerings of food and gifts for the weary spirit travellers.

 Dia de los Muertos is a positive, upbeat occasion:

The Day of the Dead is truly a celebration of those who have passed. It is not a sad or morbid gathering – more a festive, family-centred celebration of friends and relatives no longer with us, reflecting the acceptance of death as an integral part of life in Mexican culture.

Like us you probably love the rich and colourful imagery of Dia de los Muertos. Skulls, or calavera are a very important symbol of Day of the Dead. Besides representing death, they are also shown smiling or doing day-to-day activities such as riding a bike or playing a guitar, showing that death is not something to be feared but is simply part of life.

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