"The day that followed was the feast of Las Animas"

The Fiesta de las Santas Animas (Feast of the Holy Souls) falls on October 27th and marks the first day of the Mexican Halloween celebrations, which in that country carries on till November 2nd. According to Mexican tradition, this is a time where the souls of the deceased come back and visit the family homes. At this time, Mexicans remember their departed loves and celebrate their afterlives.

On the Fiesta de las Santas Animas, families clean their relatives’ graves and decorate them with pine needles and flowers. Temporary altars are built near the gravesite and stocked with candles and the deceased’s favourite foods and drinks.