Traditionally, this holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends in honor of those who have passed. Living relatives visit graves and build private altars that resemble elaborate shrines and can be erected in the home or at the gravesites themselves.
They surround the altars with signs of their devotion called ofrendas to honor the deceased using former possessions, sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods of the person they lost. The holiday originated in Mexico and also happened to use some of the most brilliant, beautiful, and creative designs to honor their loved ones.
If you already know the date, knowing which day of the week Dia de los Muertos ends up falling on can help you plan out your fiesta accordingly. This year, Dia de los Muertos falls on: Wednesday November 1-2, 2017.
And if you're looking where to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, check out the best Mexican destinations for the Day of the Dead.
Additional information compiled by Lindsay Burgess.