While many of us are digging through our clothes racks and trying to create the most hilarious and cleaver Halloween costume ever, the Mexicans are preparing for something slightly different.
The Day of the Dead is one of the most popular celebrations worldwide and draws thousands of tourists to Mexico each year to witness the touching and colourful ode to the departed.
Día de los Muertos is a national holiday in Mexico and has indigenous roots. The festival has been traced back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival that was dedicated to the Lady of the Dead, a goddess who had died (possibly sacrificed) after her birth and who watches over the bones of the deceased.
During Día de los Muertos, locals will travel to the cemeteries to honour their departed loved ones by bringing gifts of food and drink and to decorate their tombstones. Mexican Marigolds will often be placed on the graves in attempt to encourage visits from the spirits as memories and stories are shared. In some areas people will even sleep or have picnics on the graves of their dearly departed and it is also common to bring gifts of tequila for the spirits of adults and toys for the spirits of children.
Sugar skulls have become a popular image associated with Dia de los Muertos and can be purchased to use as decorations or as a tasty treat during the festivities.
Have you been to Dia de los Muertos? If so, please share with us your stories.
When: November 1st and 2nd, 2012
Where: Mexico, throughout.