El Dia De Los Muertos, translated the Day of the Dead, is celebrated in Mexico and Latin America. It is a three-day holiday, beginning on October 31st and running through November 2nd. On these days, it is believed that the dead return to the family home. The family goes through a great deal of preparation to prepare for these honored guests, preparing an altar with flowers, candy, photographs and their ancestor’s favorite food and drink. Relatives also visit and tend gravesites and decorate them with streamers and flowers. Picnics are held right there in the graveyard where the families get together to reminisce and tell stories. These aren’t melancholy gatherings. These are joyful family reunions with dancing, feasting and (sometimes) drinking.
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- Dia de los Muertos is Not Halloween at Huffington Post