On November first and second of each year, the Mexican holiday called Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated. Though it is rejoiced in many ways, often with fantastical costumes, an abundance of skulls and skull-shaped foods, it is really a time to commemorate the lives of loved ones who have passed away.
Many Mexicans create colorful altars called ofrendas that serve as dedications to the deceased. On these altars, there will often be a collection of special holiday dishes like sweet pan de muertos (bread of the dead) or recipes that contain mole sauces and squash. Watch this slideshow to get a better idea of the costumes, decorations and foods that you'll find on this holiday.