Like millions of Mexicans, I grew up going to the cemetery every year on November 2 to visit our departed loved ones. The belief is that on that day, the dead are allowed to visit their loved ones. 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.
From bringing flowers and paying a short visit to the cemetery to having a music-included-picnic and family day by the tombs to preparing an altar with pictures and memories of those who passed away, Día de Los Muertos in Latin America is a family affair. The tradition, however, varies from regions to countries.
The US Hispanic/Latino community also celebrates this tradition; actually, the Day of the Day has become a special occasion for many across cultural background. In California and other states, over the last three decades Día de Los Muertos has become and expression of art and a display of community.