DAY OF THE DEAD
The Day of the Dead is a traditional holiday in Mexico that honors the spirits of the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween. It is not, however, a scary or sad time, but a time of rejoicing and remembering. Families arrange altars in their homes with flowers, candy, fruit, bread and photos of their deceased loved ones. Participants hope that the souls will visit and see that they are still honored and loved in death. Candles are lit in the late afternoon and burn through the night, while the living tell stories about those who have passed. The following day participants go to the cemetery to clean and maintain family members graves. More colorful flowers, candy, fruit, bread and candles are placed around the graves, and another night is spent in tribute to the souls of those loved and lost.
(information from the Taste of home Ultimate Halloween magazine October 2010.)