The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is a celebration that takes place every year on November 2 that comes from the rituals of the ancient indigenous people of Mexico from around 3,000 years ago. 

This celebration is the last one of three days to honor the dead: Halloween and the Day of the Innocents, also known as the Day of the Little Angels, which is dedicated to the people who died as children. 

During the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, people prepare altars dedicated to their family members who have passed away with pictures of them, and their favorite foods and drinks. There are also many traditions such as preparing special food and desserts, like el “pan de los muertos”. 

Which countries celebrate the Day of the Dead 2021? 

While this is a tradition that it’s mostly celebrated in Mexico, there are other Latin countries who have their own version of the celebration like Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Guatemala. There are also other countries where it’s celebrated but not widely, like Argentina, Venezuela or the United States, thanks to the migration. 

Why do they celebrate the Day of the Dead?

Mexico, and the other countries mentioned, celebrate the Day of the Dead as a form to honor family members and friends who have passed away. The celebration is inherited from their indigenous ancestors and they believed that the souls of the dead return to earth each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and to enjoy.