Like millions of Mexicans, I grew up going to the cemetery every year on November 2, to visit my departed, loved ones. The belief is that on that day, the dead are allowed to visit their loved ones back in the “normal,” world. The Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a form of connection between the living and the dead, a ritual from our ancestors, and a religious tradition.
Día de Los Muertos in Latin America is a family affair; from bringing flowers and paying a short visit to the cemetery, or having a music-included picnic and a family day by the tombs. People also prepare an altar with pictures and memories of those who passed away. The tradition, however, varies from region to country.
The Hispanic/Latino community in the United States also celebrates this tradition; actually, the Day of the Dead has become a special occasion for many people across cultural backgrounds. In California and several other states, over the last three decades, Día de Los Muertos has become an expression of art and a display of community.