November 1st and 2nd we celebrate in Mexico, Dia De Los Muertos – the Day of the Death.
Part of our tradition is to to make an offering, “ofrenda” where we place the earthly pleasures like food, and decorate the altar with “papel picado” colorful paper like in this picture, and marigolds flowers.
This is to welcome our departed from their long journey. Children are given a sugar skull, with their name on it. Cemeteries all over Mexico become like small towns for those two nights. Families gather together to welcome their loved ones.
Instead of Halloween, children ask for donations for their skull.