Day Of The Dead is a Latin American celebration which takes place on November 1st - (honoring children and infants - Day of Little Angles) and November 2nd - (honoring deceased adults - Day Of The Dead).
Friends and family gather to remember and honor those that have passed on. It is a national holiday in Mexico and is widely celebrated around the world. People visit cemeteries, build alters, decorate graves, make offering to the dead, eat special holiday foods, light candles, say prayers, recite poems, tell funny stories and in general have a darn good time.
As with many modern holidays, Day Of The Dead gets it's roots from indigenous pagan cultures dating back as far as 2,500 - 3,000 years ago. The festivities were then dedicated to the goddess, "Lady of the Dead" or the modern day Catrina, which has now become one of the most popular symbols for the celebration.