"where his brother lay within among his offerings like some feastday icon"
Altar de muertos
Creative Commons AttributionAltar de muertos - Credit: Gabriel Flores Romero
Día de muertos en Milpa Alta
Creative Commons AttributionDía de muertos en Milpa Alta - Credit: Eneas De Troya
The Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) holiday is a celebration in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away, occurring on November 2 in connection with the Catholic feast days of All Saints' Day and All Soul's Day.
One of the traditions connected with the holiday is the building of altars on which offerings (ofrenda) such as sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favourite foods and drinks of the departed, are placed in honour of the deceased.