Published Oct 27, 2017 at 8:29 AM | Updated at 4:47 PM PDT on Nov 2, 2017
Day of the Dead, also known as Día de Los Muertos, is a celebration that honors deceased loved ones and is commonly celebrated in Mexico. Celebrated from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, the holiday aims to please the dead and those who celebrate do so by creating altars for their loved ones who are in the afterlife.
The celebration is a day where people connect with the spirits or their ancestors and recently deceased family, as it is believed that the dead take the day to return to earth to visit the living.
Altars created for the dead often include photographs, candles, marigolds and special items that each individual loved when they were alive. Such items are commonly their favorite treats and meals or small personals they used to own.
Those who observe the holiday often implement sugar skulls into their celebrations. The custom represents the beautiful form of the dead.
One of the biggest celebrations of Day of the Dead is in Southern California at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. The Lady of the Dead is an annual event that will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 28 this year.