Description: This annual event harkens back to pre-Hispanic times when the soul was believed to return to visit in early November. All Saints Day is the 1st of November while Día de los Muertos is the 2nd. Altars are constructed in homes, in the cemeteries and in public places for the dearly departed. They are decorated with dried flowers, candles, favorite food and/or drink of the loved one who has passed on, maybe a photograph or other image of the person, and even personal items. The flower particularly connected to these days is the cempasúchil, from the marigold family, which is frequently sprinkled in front or on the altar. Copal may be burned on the altar as well.
November 1 - November 2, 2012