Celebrated mainly in Mexico or by people of
Mexican heritage the 'Day of the Dead' is a special holiday intended for
the remembrance of friends and family who have passed on. The
celebrations of this holiday actually cross over two days, the 1st and
2nd of November. The 1st of November is used to honour the spirits
of deceased children and infants and is actually known as the 'Day of
the Innocents',while adults are remembered on the 2nd of November which
is the actual 'Day of the Dead'.
Traditions associated with the day of the dead include building altars
to honour the deceased, and to take gifts of marigolds, sugar skulls,
and favourite foods and beverages to the graves of the dead.
The day of the dead is thought to have grown
from an ancient Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess known as 'Mictecacihuatl'
or 'The Lady of the Dead'.
It is believed that on the Day of the Dead it
becomes easier for departed souls to visit and communicate with the