Families and friends gather every year to pray for and remember loved ones who have died, as well support them on their spiritual journey.
People in central and southern regions of Mexico usually celebrate the holiday.
But the Day of the Dead is also recognised in other regions, as well as people of Mexican heritage in other countries.
This year, Day of the Dead will be celebrated on Friday, November 2.
How to say ‘Happy Day of the Dead’ in Spanish?
To greet someone with the phrase ‘Happy Day of the Dead’ in Spanish, you can say: “Feliz Día de los Muertos”.
The words Day of the Dead is a translation of Día de los Muertos in Spanish.
The phrase Día de Muertos is also used, but less often.
Day of the Dead is a public holiday in Mexico.
Before the Spanish took over in the 16th century, the day was celebrated at the beginning of summer.
However, over the years it started being associated with October 31, November 1 and November 2, in order to tie in with All Saints’ Day.
Some traditions for the holiday include building private alters called Ofrendas, eating and drinking favourite foods and drinks of those who have died, as well as visiting graves with these as gifts or leaving their possessions at their graves.
How did Day of the Dead begin?
Day of the Dead was not originally celebrated in Northern Mexico until the twentieth century, due to indigenous people focusing on other traditions.
But in the early 21st century, the Mexican Government turned the day into a national holiday.
From then on, the day was regards as a way to bond together national and indigenous traditions.
These days, Day of the Dead is celebrated with festivals and parades to commemorate the dead.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega