What is the Day of the Dead Festival?
The Day of the Dead Festival, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday that honours and remembers friends and loved ones who have passed away.
Although called the day of the dead, the festival actually lasts a number of days, starting on Halloween – 31st October – and lasting until 2nd November. It’s believed that on the Day of the Dead, the deceased return to earth to visit the living.
However, Dia de los Muertos is not a time for mourning – indeed, far from it. The festival is celebratory, respectful and exuberant in nature, as the deceased return to the mortal world for just a few days.