3 A Reverent Holiday

El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is one of the largest holidays celebrated in Mexico. It started 3,000 years ago, as a way to mock death and celebrate life and has been influenced greatly by Spanish settlers.

Families hold lavish feasts in which they honor ancestors by constructing altars and decorating their homes. It is both a joyous and a somber holiday, one for which there is much celebrating, but also much reflection about the meanings of life and death. The celebration lasts for three days and features parades, parties, and the return of the monarch butterfly to Mexico.