What is the Day of the Dead: Why people celebrate Dia de los Muertos

What is the Day of the Dead: Why people celebrate Dia de los Muertos

The end of Halloween doesn't mean it's time to whip out the Thanksgiving or Christmas decorations.

The Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is here to give families time to honor and remember loved ones that are no longer in the land of the living.

The day is known for dazzling displays and the colorful Calaveras with decorated skulls and skull-like facial makeup.

The holiday's origins go back a couple of millennia in Mexico, to the time of the Aztec empire.

The idea is to celebrate the dead for a few days while their souls return to Earth to share with the living.

While November 1 honors deceased children, November 2 focuses on adults.

Día de los Muertos is celebrated not just across Mexico, but also in US cities like Los Angeles and New York.

There are large offerings, parades and cultural events that are held to commemorate the dead.

The festival is celebrated every year and in 2021 over 400,000 people participated in it.

Disney movie 'Coco' revolves around the tradition of the Day of the Dead and represents the Mexican customs of this day.

Directed by Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich, 'Coco' grossed $807.8 million worldwide.